Tigo Subscribers Increase in Latest RURA Report

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Only Tigo- Rwanda recorded an increase in number of active mobile subscribers in April of 0.11 per cent, from 3,250,460 to 3,253,997. MTN Rwanda’s phone subscribers went down to 3,534,489, from 3,555,256 in March, indicating a decrease of 0.58 per cent.

Airtel lost 0.59 per cent of its mobile phone subscribers during the recording period from 1,597,247 to 1,587,758 customers, making it the biggest loser in April.

Sunny Ntayombya, the Tigo corporate communications and government relations manager, attributed the “steady growth of the telecom’s subscriber base to the innovative services and affordable tariffs it offers clients, which “have helped increase their digital and financial inclusion”

Active mobile telephone subscriptions in Rwanda decreased from over 8.4 million at the end of March to 8.37 million users at the end of April, showing a decline of 0.32 per cent,” the report indicates.

Tigo has maintained a positive trend in the last five months – from December 2016 to April in the number of postpaid mobile phone subscriptions.

Statistics indicate that the country’s mobile phones penetration rate decreased slightly to 72.65 per cent from 72.88 per cent. This, however, is a big decline in the number of active mobile phone subscribers compared to 79.2 per cent or 8.9 million subscribers in December 2016. The penetration rate was calculated based on the projected ‘medium population’ of 2016, which is 11.5 million people.

Meanwhile, postpaid subscriptions increased from 115,692 at the end of March to 116,879 in April, while prepaid subscribers decreased to 8,259,365 at the end of April from 8,287,271 the previous month.

MTN’s total postpaid mobile telephone active subscribers reduced marginally from 50,836 in December last year to 50,829 in April. The telecom firm’s total prepaid subscriptions also reduced from 4,021,687 in December to 3,483,660 in April.

The firm suffered over 15 per cent loss in active subscribers in December 2016, a situation it is yet to recover from, which has also seen its dominance eroded to 42 per cent, with Tigo and Airtel gaining ground with 39 per cent share and 19 per cent, respectively, of the market share.

Airtel also maintained a positive trend over the past five months (December-April) in its postpaid subscriptions. It had 1,930 subscribers in December 2016, 1,932 in January and February, and 2,000 active customers during the months of March and April. However, its prepaid clients went down to 1,585,758 in April from 1,594,455 in December 2016, according to the RURA.

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