Operating in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, MTN Group said it had 108 million subscribers on 30 September 2009, a 5% increase for the quarter and almost a 20% increase for the year to date. The biggest percentage gain was in Rwanda, where MTN's subscriber base rose 20% in the quarter to 1.66 million.
However, in South Africa, MTN's subscriber base declined from 17.2 million at the end of June 2009 to 16.4 million at 30 September 2009 following the introduction of a regulation requiring the registration of customers. But MTN still expects to achieve the total group subscriber net addition guidance for 2009 of 22.6 million. source: MTN statement