Vodacom has reported that group revenue for the quarter ended 30 June is up 8,1%, with group service revenue up 5,9%. The number of customers has grown 20,4% to 45,4-million, with 1,9-million new customers signed up during the quarter.

Data growth has continued strong for Vodacom, with group data revenue growth of 37,6% and a 43,3% increase in active data customers to 10,9-million. Mobile Internet bundle customers have grown 86% to 3-million.
Commercial revenue has grown 7,7%, service revenue is up 5% and customers have grown 19,7% to 27,7-million, with data revenue growth in the commercial sector growing 35,4%.
Service revenue in international operations has grown 11%, on customer growth of 21,5% to 17,7-million.
Pieter Uys, Vodacom Group CEO comments: "This quarter started on a high note with our team delivering a really well executed brand refresh. Internally we used the opportunity to signal a new direction and culture, involving all our employees in how we approach our vision of making every customer smile.
“The positive sentiment from the refresh was mirrored by good performances from both the South African and international operations. Strong data growth was again a major feature with Group data revenue increasing 37,6% and active data customers increasing 43,3% to 10,9-million. This helped support overall group revenue growth of 8,1%.
“In South Africa, we added 1,2-million customers in the quarter, coupled with a 16,3% year on year increase in average minutes of use. This helped to offset a reduction in our average effective price per minute of 24,8%. We continued to drive investment in the network, adding 107 new 3G base stations in the quarter.
“I’m also pleased to say that for another successive quarter we saw an improvement from the International operations with service revenue growing 11% and customers increasing 21.5%.
“Not everything went our way this quarter. We unfortunately experienced some outages in our South African network. While the financial impact was minimal, the negative impact on the customer experience was not acceptable. We have subsequently installed more fibre capacity and upgraded certain software to avoid future disruptions. Our number one priority over the coming months is to ensure that our customers get the best possible network experience”