HARARE- Only three percent of Zimbabweans are still using fixed telephones in homes, as more people adopt the use of cellular phones, a Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe(Potraz) survey has revealed.
Out of a total of 3 243 770 households surveyed in both rural and urban areas, 3 132 563 said they did not have fixed telephones at their home while only 111 207 said they had, according to the Information Communication Technology (ICT) survey results disseminated by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat).
“At national level, the proportion of households with a fixed line telephone at home was 3,4 percent.
“The provincial proportions of households without a fixed line telephone at home were greater than 90 percent except for Bulawayo which had 81,8 percent,” Zimstat representative Matowonesa Phiri said.
“In rural areas, the proportion of households with a fixed line telephone at home was less than one percent whilst in urban areas the proportion was about nine percent.”
This comes as the survey also reported that in 12 months ending June 2014, Zimbabweans spent at least $561 million on prepaid airtime, compared to $12 million on fixed telephone charges, while $42 million was used on Internet charges and $12 million on repairing ICT equipment.
“Prepaid airtime had the largest share of 85,4 percent of total household ICT expenditure on services followed by Internet charges with a share of 6,4 percent. The least share of 0,3 percent was installations,” Zimstat manager of national accounts Clever Chingwara said.
In total, Zimbabweans used $889 million on ICT equipment and services, which translated to five percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and six percent of the total household expenditure.
The adaptation of the use of information technology equipment and services also resulted in the abandoning of postal services, where only seven percent of the population said they used postal services at the time of the survey.‘Zimbabweans shun landline use’