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MTN Uganda records Shs734Bn profits

MTN subscribers seek service at an MTN booth. The South African telecom giant has release interim results indicating a profit of over  shs730Bn in the last two quarters of 2018 (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – South African based Telecom giants, MTN Group this morning released their interim results for the first half of 2018 indicating 8.8% revenue profits for their Uganda’s

In the group’s revenue, the released results showed improved revenues growth of 10.2% with Uganda pointed out as a major contributor to that growth.

According to the results, MTN Uganda’s revenue expanded by 8.8% to Shs734.4Bn with the growth registered on the growth of data revenue and Mobile Money revenue, which the company argue exceeded their expectations.

Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer noted that: “MTN is well positioned to deliver growth in the sector despite the shakeups experienced in the market recently that were occasioned by the newly introduced Excise Duty tax regimes on OTT and Mobile Money especially. Our half-year results notwithstanding, I see MTN ending the year on a good note.”

His remarks follow the coming into effect of the Shs200 daily charge on Over The Top services (OTT) like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter as well as the 1% tax on all mobile money transactions, and following the public uproar, Government tabled new amendments to have the tax reduced to 0.5% with the new Bill still before the Committee.

MTN Uganda chief executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte revealed that they have lost 30 per cent revenue compared to June 2018 (FILE PHOTO)

While appearing the Committee last week, Vanhelleputte informed MPs that within four weeks of implementation of tax laws, MTN was down by 30% in terms of revenue compared to June 2018, and warned of continued downward trend if the existing tax regime remains unchanged with growth expected to go down further beyond the 30% or 40% by the end of the year.

The results further indicated that the growth in Mobile Money revenue exceeded expectations and the number of active Mobile Money customers on Uganda’s leading brand and network NPS operator increased to 5.3 million.
Mobile Money subscribers made up more than half the total subscriber base of 10.5 million, which declined slightly by 1.8% and the decline was as a result of the recent introduction of guidelines for the sale and replacement of SIM cards by the regulator, Uganda Communications Commission, between March and May 2018. Nevertheless, the number of active data subscribers rose to 1.8 million, helping lift data revenue by 17.8%.

The MTN boss added: “MTN will continue to innovate and explore in the area of digital services and enhance our offering in Mobile Money to position it as the immediate solution to money transfer. Expect increased engagement with our customer care service to enhance the experience. We intend to communicate more on all the work we are doing especially in the communities as CSR to expand the focus beyond our core mandate.”

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