Rwanda: Mobile phone subscribers plummet


Rwanda mobile phone subscribers plummet.

The number of mobile subscribers in Rwanda has decreased by 0.04 percent to 8.80 million in April 2016 from 8.89 million in the previous month. This is according to a report, via Telecompaper. by the Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA).

The report revealed that MTN Rwanda’s customers fell to 3.98 million in April from 4.01 million in March, 2016. Tigo’s active SIM cards dropped to 3.09 million in April 2016 from 3.12 million in March.

It was only the third market entrant, Airtel Rwanda, that registered gains, to over 1.72 million in April 2016 from 1.68 million subscribers in March 2016. There was a general increase in the post-paid market segment, with subscriptions rising from 80,854 at the end of March 2016 to 84,592 in April 2016.

The report further revealed that the pre-paid market segment recorded a decline from 8.73 million subscribers to 8.72 million during the period. Despite the drop in active numbers at MTN and Tigo in April, Rwanda’s mobile phone penetration rate was unchanged at 78.2 per cent in April 2016.

Staff Writer