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Figures from Ghana'sNational Communications Authority (NCA) have revealed that the overall internet penetration rate in the country increased from 40% to 40.7% as at the end of August, 2013.

This shoots up the number of data subscribers in Ghana to 10,564,180 at the end of August, 2013 from 10,344,322 at the end of July 2013, depicting a growth rate of 2.1%.

According to the Paarock Vanpercy-led NCA, MTN subscriber base increased from 5,968,583 in July 2013 to 6,053,183 at the end of August. The share of MTN's Subscriber base has marginally decreased from 57.70 % to 57.30%.

Similarly, during the period under review, Tigo's subscriber base increased from 1,415,710 to 1,468,383 representing 13.90% of the total market share.

Also, Vodafone's subscriber base increased from 1,086,912 to 1,139,306 representing 10.78 % of the total market share.

The telecom industry regulator was quick to add: "Airtel's subscriber base increased from 1,532,112 in the previous month to 1,615,729 as at the end of the month under review, this figure represents 15.29% of the total market share".

Glo's subscriber base reduced by 293,740 to 241,437 which represents 2.29% of the total market share as at the end of August, 2013.

Expresso's market share also declined from 0.46% to 0.44% as at the end of August, 2013. Their subscriber base totaled 46,142 at the end of the month under review.

Meanwhile, subscriber base for mobile voice telephony has shown a growth rate of 0.1 % from 27,244,579 subscribers recorded in July to 27,511,659 as at the end of August, 2013.

MTN maintained its position as the dominant mobile operator, however, its subscriber base reduced from 12,792,148 to 12,740,003 as at the end of August, 2013, while Vodafone's subscriber base of 5,792,061 in July increased to 5,834,004 in August 2013, representing 21.21% of the market share.

The NCA noted that tiGo's subscriber base shot up to 3,785,738 representing 13.76 % of the market share. Again, Airtel's subscriber base at the end of August, 2013 also indicated an increase from 3,117,543 to 3,366,252 subscribers which represents 12.24% of the total market share.

Glo's market share from July reduced from 6.00% to 5.92% as at the end of August 2013, with a subscriber base of 1,629,369.

Expresso maintained a market share of 0.57% with their subscriber base increasing from 154,824 to 156,293 as at the end of August, 2013, according to the regulator.

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