According to Agence Ecofin, Congolese watchdog the Agence de Regulation des Postes et Communications (ARPCE) has revealed the results of its most recent Quality of Service (QoS) study, noting that the network of UAE-owned Warid Telecom meets the highest technical standards – inside buildings – with a rating of 95.23%. Market leader MTN Congo takes second place with a 90.38% rating, followed by Airtel Congo (88.88%) and Equateur Telecom Congo (Azur Congo, 87.05%). However, in terms of outdoor coverage, MTN occupies first place with a score of 99.87%, followed by Airtel (99.77%), Warid (99.70%) and Azur (99.01%). The regulator notes that the study covered the cities of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, which between them account for around 85% of all Congolese mobile subscribers.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the four wireless operators accounted for a total of 4.261 million subscribers as at 30 September 2012, of which 1.748 million (41.0%) were claimed by MTN. ARPCE notes that between July and September 2012 the cellcos generated 900 million minutes worth of voice traffic, of which 664 million minutes were outgoing calls. Meanwhile the total number of SMS sent during this period topped 401 million. In 3Q12 the four companies generated total sales of XAF67.5 billion (USD135.5 million).