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BMI View: Zimbabwe's market is due to undergo some signif icant changes in the near future, with t he government having acquir ed a controlling stake in the underperforming operator Telecel. To the upside, however, there are reports on a MNVO operator potentially entering the market in March 2016 , which would add competition. Both Zimbabwean and Zambian mobile markets are set to benefit from tower sharing arrangements, which will enable operators to cut costs and expand to underserved areas, which should consequently boost mobile growth.
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Zambia's mobile market grew by 22.0% y-o-y in Q215, making a strong recovery from the SIM registration process in 2013, and bringing subscriptions to 10.950mn for a penetration rate of 68.3%.
Zimbabwe's mobile market grew by 8.7% y-o-y in Q315 to 12.39mn subscriptions, as regulator POTRAZ implemented a 90-day active SIM definition.
|Telecel Underperforming Other Operators|
|Market Shares 2011-2015|
|Source: Potraz, BMI, operators|
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