MTN has released its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2015, which show strong growth in data revenue in South Africa.
MTN increased its subscribers in South Africa by 9.3% to 30.6 million, and increased revenue by 2.9%. Service revenue, which excludes handset revenue, increased by 7.5%.
The big story, though, was data. MTN South Africa increased its data revenue by 37.2%, which now contributes 31.7% to total revenue.
Capex for the period was R10.9 billion – 92.9% higher than the previous year. This resulted in a big network improvement.
In the year, MTN South Africa added 966 2G, 1,593 co-located 3G, and 3,148 co-located LTE sites – expanding 3G and LTE coverage and aiming for improved quality and capacity.
“Improving quality of service remains a priority, however, the roll-out process did cause some network disruptions,” said MTN.