Rwanda mobile penetration at 40%
TELECOMS| Jan. 6, 2012, 10:24 a.m.
Rwanda’s mobile penetration has reached 40%, with internet penetration at 7%.
According to statistics released by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), phone user numbers in Rwanda total 4.3 million, with mobile subscriber penetration having grown from 36.5% in June last year to 40.2% by September.
The report said the major players in mobile telephony included MTN, Rwandacell and TIGO Rwanda Ltd, with the mobile penetration rate growing “at a remarkable rate”. The country’s overall target for mobile telephony by the end of 2011 was 3,730,102. This number was already exceeded by 15% as of September 2011. MTN led the market, with a 67% share, followed by Tigo with 33%.
In contrast, fixed telephone subscriptions growth remained stagnant. The number of subscribers on fixed network slightly decreased in September 2011 to 43,095 down from 43,169 in June 2011 as Rwandatel lost subscribers.
Rwanda’s Internet penetration was estimated at 7% by September 2011, up from 5% in June 2011. As far as fixed broadband internet is concerned, as of September 2011, among the six operating ISPs, Rwandatel is the main player with a 62% market share followed by MTN with 21% market share and Altech Stream with a 13% market share while the other six ISPs share the 4% remaining.
Though MTN used to have a biggest mobile broadband market share, the information from the operators indicates that TIGO already grabbed 54% of the total mobile broadband market as of September 2011.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Employees voice concern over IPODaggers have been drawn between the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) employees and the management over an alleged lack of consultation on the Initial Public Offer. Read More
Local firms reap rewards of BOFINET tenderA multi-million dollar tender issued by Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) will benefit a handful of local ICT and construction organisations. Read More
Vodafone Ghana wins two CIMG awardsVodafone Ghana has been adjudged the Telecommunications Company of the Year 2013, while its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, HealthLine, picked the TV Programme of the Year 2013 award at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Awards held in Accra. Read More
Gabon, World Bank sign US$58 million-fibre optic agreementGabon and the World Bank have signed a US$58 million agreement that will clear the way for the construction of a major fibre optic infrastructure to link the country’s five provinces and cross over to the Republic of Congo. Read More
Operators to suffer $14bn in lost revenues this yearA new report has found that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion in revenues globally this year. Read More
Wiko eyes 10% market shareNew entrant to Nigeria’s mobile phone industry and French firm, Wiko Mobile, says it is targeting 10 per cent of Nigeria’s market. Read More
TeliaSonera International Carrier strengthens connectivity in Western AfricaTeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) and Angola Cables have announced an IP Transit agreement that will enhance regional connectivity to TSIC’s customer base along the West African coast using Angola Cables’ significant submarine cable assets. Read More
We’ve built West Africa's strongest aerial fibre, says Phase 3 chiefThe Chief Executive Officer of Phase 3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede, says the firm has invested massively in building a very robust aerial fibre network to improve connectivity across the country and the entire West African sub-region. Read More
Orange launches reward scheme for corporate clientsOrange has introduced a loyalty programme for its corporate clients, dubbed Corporate Ziada. Read More
FEATURED STORYGrowing African focus on data security
Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.