MTN South Africa voice revenue down, while data grows rapidly

MTN has released its quarterly update for the period ended 31 March 2017, which shows that voice revenue is down and data revenue is growing fast.

MTN SA’s service revenue was up 4.1%, thanks to data and digital revenue – which increased by 17.8% and 20.3% respectively.

The picture looked less rosy for voice. Outgoing voice revenue declined by 5.4% year-on-year as billable minutes declined by 7.5%.

MTN SA said its priorities remain driving network quality, offering attractive value propositions, and improving the customer experience.

“In the period, we continued our network expansion with 515 LTE sites and 53 3G sites going live,” said MTN SA.

“We now have very strong network performance in three of the four large metro areas – Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban.”

While subscribers declined in the quarter as a result of “traditional seasonality”, MTN remained committed to its net additions guidance of 630,000.

MTN SA’s subscriber numbers, including WiMax users, sat at 30.23 million at the end of Q1 2017.

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