MTN Rwanda losing ground to rivals
According to filings for October 2017 that RURA received from operators, only a single point now separates MTN Rwanda from its nearest competitor, TIGO Rwanda.
TIGO now commands 40 percent of the market, a point away from MTN in the three-horse race that has Airtel Rwanda trending at 19 percent of the market.
The numbers based on the active subscribers over the preceding 90-day period show the market expanded 1 percent from 8,592,544 at the end of September, 2017 to 8,675,826 at the end of October. But month to month growth remained flat for MTN’s post-paid segment at 52,784 while its prepaid base expanded only 0.3 percent to reach 3,535,322. That marginally pushed its total subscriptions to 3,588,106 represent a 0.3 percentage change
That compares with TIGO which posted 0.7 percent growth in its post-paid segment and 2.1 percent in its pre-paid base rounding off at 3,456,237 total active users representing a 2 percentage change. The race for the top crown is clearly between TIGO and MTN as Airtel Rwanda overall managed to add just 2973 subscribers.