MTN is best network in South Africa

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Mobile telecommunications company MTN has been recognized as the best network in South Africa on the basis of a report on Network Performance Score by telecommunications specialist Rohde & Schwarz SwissQual AG.

Chief Executive of Rohde & Schwarz, Hanspeter Bobst congratulated MTN South Africa for ranking first with a score of 763 out of 1000 points on the Rohde & Schwarz Network Performance Score in line with ETSI TR 103,559.

MTN also outperformed its competitors in data services score by achieving 421 out of 600 for data, followed by Vodacom with 373, Telkom at 347 and Cell C with 241.

For the voice service score Vodacom came out tops with 349 out of 400 followed by MTN with 342, then Telkom with 256 and Cell C with 255.

Over 18 600 voice calls and over 125 400 individual data service tests were performed to calculate a Network Performance Score in line with ETSI TR 103,559.

In November last year, the MTN Group announce a solid set of third quarter operating results, plans for a public offer of shares in MTN Nigeria, progress in finalising a passive infrastructure deal for MTN South Africa as well as in its work to create shared value across our 20 markets, with ESG at the core.

For the quarter to end-September 2021, the Group also reduced debt and holding company leverage, recorded strong financial results in line with medium-term guidance and advanced the delivery of our Ambition 2025 strategy.

At period-end, the group subscriber base was at 272 million.

Driven by continued strong growth momentum in major markets Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, MTN Group’s service revenue ramped up 19.1 percent to R125 billion in the first nine months of the year. Data and fintech service revenue increased by 34.5 percent and 35.0 percent respectively. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 24.1 percent, with margins expanding 2.1 percentage points to 45.0 percent on a constancy-currency basis.

MTN South Africa was said to be making good progress with a sale and leaseback of its towers.

O’Sullivan said that for them, a high-performing network meant “connecting the previously unconnected; enhanced connectivity for those already connected; and more digital opportunities for all, enabling customers to take advantage of the range of applications that are available on the market today – and we will keep working to ensure this access continues.”


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