Zimbabwe has seen a decline of 3.3% total number of active internet subscriptions to record 8,431,581 from 8,723,242 recorded as at 31 December 2018.
Using a population of 14,572,011 for 2019 as per ZIMSTAT projections, the internet penetration rate declined by 5% to record 57.9% from 62.9% recorded as at 31 December 2018.
According to Potraz Abridged Sector Report of the First Quarter of 2019, the decline is a result of the economic environment that has affected the sector.
The total number is expected to drop in the next sector as well after mobile network operators sharply increased prices as they tried to align their prices with the USD equivalent.
“The decline in active data and internet subscriptions is reflective of the general depressed demand in the economy,” it read.