According to data from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), the country’s wireless subscriber base reached 6.04 million at 31 March 2013, up from 5.69 million at the end of 2012. MTN remains the market leader with 3.45 million subscribers, followed by Millicom-owned Tigo with 1.81 million users. Newest market entrant Airtel, which launched in June 2012, grew its subscriber base from 391,072 on 1 January to 781,162 by end-March, demonstrating the biggest single gain quarter-on-quarter.
With regards to Rwanda’s ongoing SIM registration scheme, RURA notes that MTN has registered 60.3% of its subscriber base, followed by Airtel with 52.4%. Tigo brings up the rear with just 44.8% of its users currently registered.