South Africa based MTN says that it ended September with 134.47 million subscribers across its international markets. This is a 4% increase for the quarter from 129.21 million subscribers recorded at 30 June 2010.
The South and East African region, which contributes 22% to the group's subscriber base, increased its subscribers by 4.9% to 30.1 million for the quarter mainly driven by growth in South Africa. South Africa which contributes 59% to the region's subscribers increased its base by, 3.9% to 17.77 million subscribers for the quarter ended 30 September 2010. This was driven by continued growth in the prepaid segment which added 616,000 subscribers.
Uganda increased its base by 5% to 6.22 million for the quarter as competition continued to intensify. The West and Central African region contributes 46% to the group's subscribers and increased its subscribers by 3.4% to 61.38 million. Nigeria, which contributes 60% to the region's subscribers, recorded a 5.1% increase in its subscriber base to 36.84 million.
Click here to see full article
As anticipated, Ghana subscriber numbers declined from 8.72 million at the end of June 2010 to 8.46 million following the implementation of SIM registration on 1 July 2010. The impact of the new requirements initially lowered gross connections resulting in net negative subscriber growth in July and August which started to normalize in September 2010. Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire increased their subscriber bases by 4% and 3.1% to 4.68 million and 5 million, respectively as competitive and regulatory challenges persist.
The Middle East and North African region contributes 32% the group subscribers and increased its subscribers by 4.1% to 43 million.
The growth within the MENA region was largely due to the Iranian operation, which contributes 66% to the region's subscribers. MTN Irancell increased its subscribers by 5.6% to 28.49 million due to attractive value propositions within the Ramadan period. Syria increased its subscribers by 6.8% to 4.72 million due to increased brand awareness.
Average revenue per a user ("ARPU") remained relatively stable in local currency when compared to June 2010. MTN South Africa's blended ARPU remained stable at R152 compared to 30 June 2010. Prepaid ARPU continued to show an upward trend although this was offset by the continued decline in postpaid ARPU. Nigeria and Ghana's ARPU remained relatively stable in both USD and local currency. Notwithstanding high growth rates and seasonal trends, Iran's ARPU continued to remain relatively stable at USD8.00 as aggressive network rollout benefits are felt.
Source: Cellular News