Over half of Telecel’s 4 million subscribers inactive as MNO’s Q4 revenue increases 4,7 percent
MOBILE network operators’ revenue closed 2015 with combined revenues of $745.3 million. The latest report from Potraz shows that the fourth quarter had the highest revenue of all the quarters at $191.08 million, an increase of 4.7% from $183.16 million recorded in the previous quarter.
According to the report, which highlights performance for Q4, Econet had 70.2% of the market share in revenue at 70.02% while NetOne and Telecel contributed 18.3% and 11.5% respectively. “A quarterly comparison shows that Econet and Telecel lost their market share by 0.7% and 0.6% while NetOne gained 1.3% from Q3,” reads the report.
Fixed telephone revenue in the quarter increased 14.2% to $35.34 million from $30.94 million following an increase in international in-coming traffic and net on net traffic. However investment declined 61.1% to $1.78 million from $4.6 million in Q3 as the sub-sector slowed in investing in the access network.
The total number of active fixed telephone lines increased by 0.5% to reach 333,702 from 332,211 recorded in the third quarter of 2015. The fixed tele-density also increased to 2.6% from 2.5% in line with the increase in fixed subscriptions.
The report says the total number of mobile subscriptions increased by 2.2% to 19,477,307 from
19,054,959 recorded in the previous quarter. Active subscriptions increased by 2.9% to
12,757,410 from 12,394,383 recorded in the previous quarter.
Econet closed the quarter with 9.23 million subscribers but 27.4% of those were inactive. Telecel had 4.53 million but 57.7% of them were inactive while NetOne at 5.7 million had 27.5% dormant subscribers. Industrywide, inactive subscribers were at 34.5% although the three all recorded increases from Q3.
NetOne registered the highest growth in active subscriptions; as result NetOne gained market share of subscribers whereas Telecel and Econet lost market share. “An annual review shows that NetOne has been steadily gaining market share over the past year, whereas Econet and Telecel`s market shares have been steadily declining.”
The increase in the active mobile subscriptions led to an increase in the mobile penetration rate by 2.6%% to 95.4% from 92.8% recorded in the previous quarter. “Besides growth in users, the high penetration rate can also be attributed to multiple SIM ownership as people seek to enjoy promotions from all the mobile operators.”
The total national voice traffic declined by 5.7% to record 1,189,942,667 minutes from
1,262,513,445 minutes recorded in the previous quarter. On voice market share, Econet maintained its lead position commanding 61.1% whereas Telecel and NetOne had 14.3% and 24.6% respectively. An annual evaluation shows that Econet has been continuously gaining voice traffic market share whereas Telecel and NetOne had periodic fluctuations
Mobile data utilisation increased by 27.4% to record 1,203,378,839MB from 944,268,192MB recorded in the previous quarter. “Since the introduction of WhatsApp and Facebook bundles by the mobile operators a lot of data has been consumed through these OTT packages as bundles.” Of the usage, Whatsapp was at 34% and Facebook at 3%.
In terms of internet and data utilisation Econet had 79.5% market share whereas Telecel and
NetOne had 7.1% and 13.4% respectively
Telecel was the only operator to experience a decline in the Average Revenue per User per month; this is in line with the revenue statistics as Telecel was the only operator to register a decline in revenues.
The total value of transactions on mobile money platforms increased by 16.3% to record $533,067,245 from $458,412,196 recorded in the previous quarter. The number of mobile money subscribers also increased by 9.9 % to reach 7.3 million subscriptions from 6.7 million subscribers recorded in the previous quarter. The number of agents increased by 11.7% to reach 33,259 from 29,775 agents recorded in the previous quarter
According to the report, household subscriptions grew 2.7% while there was a decline in corporate subscriptions of 4.8%. Household subscriptions constituted 71.3% of the total fixed subscriptions whereas corporate subscriptions made up 28.7% of total fixed network subscriptions
Active rural main lines increased 4.3% to record 8 ,998 from 8,629 lines recorded in the previous quarter. On the other hand active urban main lines increased by 0.04% to record 323,704 from 323,582 lines recorded in the previous quarter. A total of 178, 317,321 minutes were processed on the fixed network in the quarter under review. This represents a 4.8% increase from 170,183,284 minutes recorded in the previous quarter.
“The increase in fixed network traffic was driven by a 12.7% increase in net on net traffic. All categories of national interconnect traffic between the fixed network and the mobile and VoIP operators declined. International incoming traffic increased by 7.9% whereas international outgoing traffic declined by 12.3%. The increase in international incoming traffic is expected due to the usual peak in international incoming traffic over festive holidays in December. FinX
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