Mobile subscribers in South Africa – Vodacom vs MTN

MTN has released its quarterly update for the period ended 30 September 2018, which shows a drop in subscriber numbers for South Africa.

While prepaid service revenue increased by 0.5% – and postpaid service revenue increased by 1.9% – subscriber numbers were down.

MTN said it has 23.7 million prepaid customers, down 3.4% quarter-on-quarter, and 2.9 million postpaid users – up 2.1% quarter-on-quarter.

“Data and digital revenue increased by 12.5% and 9.9% respectively, while outgoing voice revenue declined by 8.4%,” said MTN.

Mobile subscriber breakdown

MTN’s latest quarterly update reflected that it had a mobile subscriber base of 26.6 million customers.

Cell C’s latest financial results reflect 16.3 million South African customers. The company’s latest financial results did not reflect their individual postpaid and prepaid subscriber counts.

Vodacom’s latest trading update showed it has 43.1 million mobile users in South Africa.

Telkom’s financial results for the year ended 31 March 2018 showed an active mobile subscriber base of 5.2 million.

Mobile network Prepaid subscribers Postpaid subscribers Total subscribers
Vodacom 37.7 million 5.4 million 43.1 million
MTN 23.7 million 2.9 million 26.6 million
Cell C N/A N/A 16.3 million
Telkom 3.7 million 1.5 million 5.2 million

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