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Telkom boosted by Vodacom figures
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Telkom, Africa's biggest phone firm, has thanked a reduced wage bill and strong growth at mobile subsidiary Vodacom for a 50% rise in profits.

Releasing its results for the half-year to 30 September, it made a pre-tax profit of 7bn rand ($1bn; 596m), up from 4.7bn rand for the year before.

Revenues were ahead by 9.9% at 23.5bn rand, up from 21.3bn a year earlier.

Vodacom, co-owned with UK phone firm Vodafone, saw its customer base increase by 42% during the period.


Vodacom now has 19.1 million users and is benefiting from economic growth in South Africa that is boosting consumer spending power.

Revenues at Telkom's fixed-line phone business increased by 4.3%, helped by a rise in data services.

Telkom shares were floated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in March 2003, but the group remains majority state-owned.

Vodafone held 35% in Vodacom until the start of this month when it bought an additional 15% stake from investment firm Venfin.

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