MTN CEO explains high data prices (and the expiration thereof, etc.)

MTN lost 14.3% of its Nigerian subscribers in six months.

The drop follows a reassessment of subscriber definitions due to new rules requiring connections to take place in permanent structures.

MTN now has 53.1 million users in that country.

Nevertheless, revenues in Nigeria is up by 10.8% due to strong growth in data consumption.

MTN returned to profitability during the first half of 2017.

Headline earnings came in at R3.9 billion.

This compares with a loss of R4.9 billion a year earlier.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter.

He touched on his company's results, but the discussion quickly veered to high data prices and practices that cause uproar amongst consumers.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

Voice revenues are around 55%.

Rob Shuter, MTN

Data prices are a complex science, and it’s not the same across all markets.

Rob Shuter, MTN

We need a strategy… to bring the next 100 million customers into the data world.

Rob Shuter, MTN

Once you’re in the [data] bundle world you’re offered good value for money.

Rob Shuter, MTN

There is a legitimate public concern about the entry level pricing of data.

Rob Shuter, MTN

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