28 July 2017
Nairobi — Data revenue is now the biggest contributor to revenue growth for Airtel Africa for the first three months of 2017. The mobile telco says data revenues contribute 18.7 per cent of overall Africa revenue compared to 16.9 percent same period in 2016. Data revenues hit Sh14.3 billion growing by 11.3 percent year on year, fuelled by an increase in Data customer base by 19.4 percent. Airtel Africa Chief Executive Raghunath Mandava says efforts to optimize unprofitable revenue streams resulted in higher net revenue growth of 3.3 percent "New KYC norms impacted customer additions and consequently revenue growth in the quarter. The data story in Africa is unfolding well with consumption and revenue increasing," said Raghunath Mandava MD and CEO, Africa. Africa underlying revenues, however, grew flat by 1.5 percent year on year.
Fibre provider OTEL Telecoms has launched an online fibre coverage map for SA, which shows the location of fibre optic cables in the country. Those interested in exploring the map can access it via its online portal. Over 100,000 homes of the 14.5 million households in South Africa are estimated to have access to a fibre Internet connection, said Otel. The fibre portal also indicates which estates and housing complexes have access to fibre. Prospective fibre customers can also check if their area is covered by accessing fibre maps provided by local Internet service providers.