MTN's subscriber base up 15.8% in Q1

Telco posts steep fall in ARPU from South African operations
MTN's ARPU in South Africa fell by 7.9% in Q1.
MTN's ARPU in South Africa fell by 7.9% in Q1.

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South Africa-based mobile operator MTN Group said that its subscriber base across all of its operations reached 170.6 million at 31 March 2012, marking a rise of 15.8% compared to the same period last year, and an increase of 3.7% compared to Q4 2011.

MTN South Africa contributed 13.3% to the group subscribers and increased its subscriber base 3.2% for the quarter on a sequential basis. Its postpaid subscriber base rose by 4.4%, while prepaid subscribers increased by 2.9%.

However, blended ARPU declined 7.9%, mainly due to a reduction in interconnect rates in March 2012. Postpaid and prepaid ARPU decreased 6.7% and 8.1% respectively.

MTN Nigeria contributed 25.1% to group subscribers and increased its subscriber base by 3% for the quarter.

MTN Irancell contributed 21.6% to group subscribers, while MTN Ghana contributed 6.1%.

Sudan continued to show “good progress” according to MTN, increasing its subscriber base by 5.3% for the quarter.MTN Cameroon also performed well and increased its subscriber base by 9,8%.

The telco said that data, including SMS, contributed 14.4% to revenue, driven mainly by MTN South Africa in the first quarter of the year.

It has launched mobile money services in 13 countries and had 6.2 million mobile money subscribers at the end of Q1.

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