BATTLE OVER MOBILE BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER NUMBER IN SOUTH AFRICA

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At Vodacom’s recent interim results presentation the CEO, Alan Knott-Craig said that Vodacom has a 100,700 3G-HSDPA customer base. In the JSE report a figure of 87,674 active Vodafone Mobile Connect Cards is given.

Vodacom acknowledged the apparent conflicting numbers, but pointed out that the JSE figure of 87,674 applies only to Vodafone PCMCIA cards.

The total number of data users, making use of Vodafone mobile connect cards, USB modems, HSDPA enabled laptops and other data specific devices is 100 700. This number however excludes subscribers using their phones to access Vodacom’s 3G-HSDPA service.

MTN also recently announced their subscriber base, and it was revealed that they had an impressive 130,000 3G-HSDPA users.  The MTN number however includes mobile phone users, and when only taking data-specific devices into account Vodacom has the highest number of mobile broadband subscribers.

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