Huge growth in MTN data

Data traffic on MTN South Africa’s network grew by 46.7% between January and March 2022 and active data subscribers grew by 14.1% to 17.3 million.

This supported a 14.3% increase in overall mobile data revenue, the company announced in a quarterly business update Friday.

“The data was made more accessible in the quarter with a 22.8% year-over-year reduction in the effective data rate,” MTN said.

“An active prepaid data subscriber now consumes an average of 4.0GB of data per month, up 37% year-on-year, and an active postpaid data subscriber uses nearly 11.8GB per month, an increase of 20. % “.

MTN said network availability and quality have been impacted by the load reduction from the national network, theft and vandalism of the towers since the fourth quarter of 2021.

MTN South Africa has launched a resilience plan that includes additional batteries, generators and advanced safety features to mitigate these problems.

The company announced that it had already paid R3.3 billion in April 2022 for the midband radio frequencies it secured during the spectrum auction by industry regulator Icasa.

With the purchase, MTN’s permanent spectrum has increased from 76 MHz to 176 MHz. This will be used to support the expansion of 4G and 5G services.

“The spectrum was awarded for a period of 20 years on a technologically neutral basis,” MTN said.

MTN said its South African division’s performance outlook will be affected by the country’s macroeconomic conditions such as load shedding and global macroeconomic uncertainties.

These should increase inflationary pressures, including on the costs and availability of food and fuel.

MTN has warned that this will have an additional impact on spending power and consumer patterns.

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