In Rwanda, the number of mobile phone users is dramatically increasing to 80 per cent of the country’s total population according to the recent report done by Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA) whose results from the study was released in December 2016.

The report indicates that the number of mobile phone users in Rwanda rose from 8, 858,000 (78.7 per cent) in November to 8,921,000 (79, 2 per cent) users in December, showing an increase of 0.72 per cent through a month.

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The numbers show an increase comparing the previous report were in December 2015, mobile phone users were estimated at 77.8 per cent and increased to 78 per cent in January 2016.

The report also reveals that Tigo has earned more customers than any other mobile telecommunication companies operating in Rwanda, registering 36, 588 new customers in December 2016 and reaching 3, 252 000 customers in the same month comparing to 3,216,000 in November.

Meanwhile, Airtel got 21, 433 new subscribers in December, boosting the number to 1, 596, 000 from 1, 547 in November.

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The increase of Tigo and Airtel users could bring pressure MTN, the leading Telecommunication Company in Rwanda by introducing the genesis of tough market competition, after MTN’s subscription rate is showing no signs of increasing as its subscribers only increased by 4,072 in December comparing to 4, 067 in November 2016, which means only five new customers registered on MTN line.

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