Telecommunication in Zimbabwe

Compared to the European Union, Zimbabwe is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +263, there were a total of 13.46 million connections in 2019. Among them were 13.20 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.90 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Zimbabwe is back. Around 27% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 30,615 webhosts, Zimbabwe is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in Zimbabwe 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in Zimbabwe 2001 - 2019




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones in Zimbabwe 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019 Zimbabwe
Total
Zimbabwe
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users 204,424.00 1.40 % 157.90 m 35.28 %
Landlines 265,734.00 1.81 % 166.16 m 37.13 %
Mobile cellulars 13.20 m 90.10 % 547.36 m 122.31 %