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Telecommunication in Zimbabwe

Compared to the United States, Zimbabwe is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +263, there were a total of 13.44 million connections in 2020. Among them were 13.19 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.89 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 30,615 webhosts, Zimbabwe is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,107 million of these, or about 4 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 7.0 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Zimbabwe ranked 164th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 5.1 Mbit/second (150th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Zimbabwe comes 119th with a download speed of 13.05 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 7 Mbit was enough for 113rd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Zimbabwe from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Zimbabwe 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerZimbabwe is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 29% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Zimbabwe
Internet users4.35 m29.30 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users203,461.001.37 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines252,067.001.70 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars13.19 m88.76 %351.48 m106.03 %

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