According to the most recent statistics by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the number of internet users grew from 5.2 million to 7.1 million in just one year.
ZICTA report shows the current number of mobile internet users stands at 7,148,325, representing a 79.07% penetration rate. Though the growth in mobile data subscription has not been constant. In May 2017, the numbers of subscribers dropped from 6.1 million to 5.2 million. The drop was attributed to the increase in the cost of mobile data.
Zambia has also witnessed an increase in the number of mobile phone users from 12 million to 13 million within the same period. The Minister of Transport and Communication, Brian Mushimba, attributes this growth to the reduced cost of mobile data.
All three mobile service carriers in the Southern African country, Zamtel, MTN Zambia, and Airtel Zambia have cut their data bundles prices by as much as 70% within the same period. Competition among the carriers has increased, leading to a price war that is benefiting the end-users. Although the carriers say, they can offer cheaper data bundles because they have …read more