Rwandan telecoms operator Rwandatel has announced that its mobile subscriber base has grown to 600,000 following the launch of a low-cost call tariff, local daily The New Times reports. According to telecoms regulator Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), Rwandatel had registered 443,534 active subscribers in June this year.
Rwandatel's corporate communications manager, Cleophas Kabasiita, attributed the increase to the launch of a new tariff which offers on-net calls at RWF3 (USD0.005) per minute and attracted 156,466 subscribers in less than three months. ‘Our mobile subscribers have grown steadily and we have seen an upsurge with the introduction of each new product and/or service,' she noted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the company launched GSM services in December 2008 and competes with South Africa’s MTN Rwanda and Luxembourg-based Millicom Rwanda (Tigo). Rwandatel is owned by Libyan government investment vehicle LAP Green Networks (80%) and the Social Security Fund of Rwanda (20%).