Harare - Post Report Question and Answers

Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

Internet was decent, but expensive. We paid $200/month. - May 2021

Yes! We have fiber, and can stream to our heart's content. It was ready when we arrived. - Feb 2020

Can get it set up prior to your arrival if the previous occupant had it installed. It’s $225/month and pretty reliable, all things considered. Electricity and water may not function, but internet is usually up and running. - Feb 2019

Short Story - Yes, it can be available upon arrival Internet was one of my priorities coming to post. The internet is available and most people have the package that is $150 per month. We have that package and its supposed to be unlimited at 20mp (cant remember the unit). We are able to watch Netflix, but your internet is throttled. Since I am home, I use the internet a lot. Once my husband get home with his devices, the internet is noticable slower and our shows buffer. The internet was in the name of the last expat and we had to pay her bill before they would activate our account. You are also able to pay online for service. - Apr 2018

We paid $150 per month for unlimited super high-speed fiber optic internet. Worth every penny and better than what we have in the states. - Sep 2017

ZOL is used by most people. Very expensive (we pay 200 USD) and when you use it during business hours they'll reduce your speed. Streaming is possible in most cases. The kids complain about very slow ping rates when playing games online. - Jul 2017

Best internet speed on the planet.We used Zol and paid $150/month for unlimited data.Streaming was no problem. - Jul 2017

Getting better. Starts from around $80 per month for a decent package. There is fibre-optic cable in many suburbs. - Apr 2016

High-speed internet is available. YoAfrica, Tel-One, Econet and ZOL have 3G, WiMax and ADSL. Fiber has even become prevalent of late. Prices are dropping, so this will quickly become outdated. WiMax up to 3Mbs: US$99/month Fiber up to 10Mbs: US$150/month 3G service is available for phones/dongles, but the cost US$100 for abut 2.5G of traffic, does not make it a viable solution for the home. - Jul 2013

Super duper expensive. Most singles in the embassy don't have internet. Many embassy families that do get internet do it for the stay-at-home spouse and kids, so they don't go crazy. It's several hundred dollars/month and several hundred for the equipment/installation. - Jun 2009

Although they tell you it is available, you take a risk if you will get service or not. We have had people spend thousands of dollars and get nothing. If you do get it, expect to pay between US$1,000-1,700 for set up and US$800 for 128Kb per year. It only goes up from there. - Dec 2008

Yes, if you have a landline you can get a modem for US$100 or so and thats fine. If not you have to get VSAT or a UHF antenna (US$1,000) and then pay a steep monthly fee. - Sep 2008

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