After spending time on other networks, most people pretty much overlooked NetOne. Last year the MNO under went some interesting changes and those changes have started to bear fruits.
The unveiling of OneFusion last year, saw new shift in NetOne policy and view by the public which was traditionally was seen as a Network for those in late 50s going onwards who specifically do not care or need any modern based technology services.
OneFusion is a unified prepaid package that offers subscribers with a comprehensive plan that has bundles for on-net and off net minutes, data, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter bundles and international minutes. To activate OneFusion , one has to buy monthly bundles of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $150 and $200.
Speaking during the official launch of the brand last year, the acting NetOne CEO, Mr Brian Mutandiro said that for the past 20 years, they have been ignoring this important market, but they have come on strong to take on the opportunities.
According to Data received from Potraz , NetOne added 577 690 new active subscribers, while rival networks Econet and Telecel’s numbers declined by 341 787 and 114 387 correspondingly.
According to the postal and telecommunications sector performance report for the fourth quarter, generally mobile data utilisation increased by 19 percent to record 2 567 401 044 MegaBytes recorded in the previous quarter.
All mobile networks registered an increase in data usages, Econet recorded a 5,2% increase, Telecel 19,5% and NetOne had the lion’s share of 110,5% .
“NetOne experienced the biggest growth in data utilisation and this can be attributed to their internet package,” Potraz said
The Report showed that the mobile penetration rate increased by 0,5 percent to 94,8 percent from 94,3 percent in the previous quarter.
The Internet penetration rate declined by 0,1 percent to 50 percent from 50,1 percent recorded in the previous quarter. Inbound roaming traffic increased by 36 percent while outbound roaming traffic declined by 14 percent.