Rwandan mobile penetration now at 62%

Rwanda’s mobile subscriber numbers now stand at 6,59 million – a slight drop on previous figures following the disconnection of unregistered SIM cards.

According to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), the number of active mobile subscribers in Rwanda is 6,593,033 – a penetration of 62.6%.

MTN Rwandacell had the biggest share of the market by end November, with over 3,516 million, followed by Tigo Rwanda, with over 2,141 million and Airtel Rwanda, with 935,000.

The number of active mobile subscribers in Rwanda climbed from 5.902 million at the end of January this year. Penetration was reported to have topped 63.7% in September. However, RURA noted that due to SIM card registration process that took place from February to July 2013, SIM cards that were not registered until the deadline were disconnected, hence the decrease in active mobile subscriptions and the penetration rate as of October 2013. 

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