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Leading mobile operator Vodacom has announced that its customer base has touched 60mn in Africa, after adding 8mn users in just one year

In a statement, the mobile operator stated that its revenue has increased due to its extensive business outside South Africa – particularly with Tanzania, Mozambique, DR Congo and Lesotho.

”The international businesses performed well with service revenue increasing by 17.3 per cent and the customer base increasing by 21.7 per cent,” said Shameel Joosub, CEO of Vodacom Group.

The group’s revenue increased by 4.3 per cent to US$1.7mn while its international operations’ revenue grew by 17.3 per cent in Q1 2014.

Overseas revenue was driven by strong customer growth, higher voice usage, increased data usage and M-Pesa, the company revealed.

Mobile data revenue, including M-Pesa, grew by 51.1 per cent. Vodacom now has more than 6.6mn M-Pesa customers and the number of 3G sites in international operations increased by more than 50 per cent, revealed the company's CEO.

Meanwhile, data continues to be a key growth driver with the number of active data customers increasing by 69.5 per cent, Vodacom said. 

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