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Rwanda | Rwanda: Mobile subscribers increase

14 June, at 06 : 16 AM Print

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has released figures which show that number of active mobile phone users for the month of April in the country increased by 1.2 per cent.

According to RURA, the country’s mobile phone users increased by 54,955 users in the month of April to 4,508,666 from 4,453,711 the previous month.

However, statistics only represent MTN and TIGO. The agency says that new entrant, Airtel, will be included by the end of this month, according to Regis Gatarayiha, RURA’s Managing Director.

MTN Rwanda, the biggest of all the operators by market share, had an additional 48,140 mobile users on its network to reach 2,952,262 subscribers.

TIGO Rwanda also registered 6,815 users in the month of April to reach 1,556,404 subscribers from 1,549,589 the previous month.

The statistics also indicate that the country’s mobile cellular penetration rate increased to 42 per cent from 41.6 per cent in March. The regulator projects the rate to stand at 60 per cent by December.

With Airtel’s entry, RURA projects to have six million mobile phone users and 60 per cent mobile penetration rate by the end of this year.

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