Rwanda’s total number of active mobile phone subscriptions increased to 8.37 million in June from 8.35 million in May, industry regulator, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority’s Active Mobile report for June indicates. This shows an increase of 0.19 percent compared to the total number of active mobile telephone subscribers in May. This rise pushed up Rwanda’s mobile penetration rate slightly to 72.58 percent from 72.45 percent over the month, RURA indicates.
The growth was due to the positive records by all the three telecom firms MTN, Tigo and Airtel, which that gained marginally in June compared to the 0.28 decline in May. The total number of active subscribers for both Tigo and Airtel was up by 0.29 percent to 3.26 million from 3.25 million subscribers (for Tigo).
Airtel’s customers rose from 1.58 million in May to 1.59 million in June, while MTN registered a 0.04 per cent growth to 3.52 million in June. Postpaid subscription increased from 118,853 at the end of May to 121,195 at the end of June, while prepaid users inched up from 8.23 million in May to 8.25 million in June, the RURA report shows.