2.4m unregistered user losses confirmed

26 Apr 2011

Zimbabwe’s three cellular network operators disconnected a combined total of 2.4 million unregistered pre-paid subscriber accounts following the end-February 2011 deadline for registration passing, the regulator POTRAZ has confirmed. Total mobile subscribers declined from around 8.4 million to six million as of this month, as reported by local newspaper ZimDaily. Market leader Econet Wireless Zimbabwe disconnected 1.4 million customer accounts, second-placed Telecel Zimbabwe cut off 692,000 SIM cards and state-run NetOne’s user base shrunk by 300,000 due to non-registration. The cellcos have stressed that all users that have been cut off may re-register with their operator.