Vodacom has increased its customer base to 37,8-million in December 2008, with customers outside South Africa contributing positively to the growth.
For the nine months ended 31 December 2008, Vodacom Group increased revenue by 13,7% to R40,5-billion compared to the prior year period, largely driven by a 14,3% increase in mobile customers to 37,8-million.
The group's non-South African operations comprised 11,3-million customers, or 30% of the total customer base as at 31 December 2008.
South African customers grew by 4,8% to 26,5-million in the quarter, to reach 25,2-million by the end of the year.
Mobile customers from non-South African operations increased by 8,4% to 11,3-million at 31 December 2008, up from 10,4-million at the end of September.
Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys comments: "Expanding our African footprint beyond South Africa is one of the pillars of Vodacom's growth strategy.
"I'm pleased to say that this quarter we reached an important milestone with 30% of our total customer base now coming from our operations in Tanzania, the DRC, Lesotho and Mozambique.
"The acquisition of Gateway Communications was completed at the end of the quarter, and will help us to further build our business across the continent."