January 26, 2021

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MTN earns N469bn from airtime, data, SMS in H1

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MTN Nigeria made a total of N469.4bn revenue from sales of airtime, data and Short Messaging Service in the first six months of the year, the 2019 half-year unaudited financial report of the company stated.

The telecom company reported that N359bn revenue was generated from sale of airtime and subscription, N103.3bn from data services and N7.05bn from SMS.

Analysis of the report showed that the total earnings increased by 13 per cent from N413.6bn earned from the same services, in the corresponding period in 2018.

This earning also represented 83 per cent of the total revenue of N566.9bn generated by the company within the period reviewed.

Other sources of income for the telco are value-added services, handset and accessories, interconnectivity and roaming, digital services, SIM kits connection fees, Information and Communications Technology services and Mobile Financial Services.

From January to June, MTNN reported double-digit growth in service revenue (12.2 per cent), which was largely driven by growth in voice (11.4 per cent) and data revenue (31.7 per cent), saying that the growth improved the margin on earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation.

The company said the voice revenue growth stemmed from an increase in the number of subscribers, stable tariffs and its focus on pro-consumer activities.

It said the double-digit growth in data revenue was driven by increased number of smartphones on the network, greater data usage and growth in the number of active data users, adding that its fintech business grew by 21.2 per cent in revenue year-on-year.

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