Indian telecom cos lose 1.7 mn mobile subscribers

Agencies

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 1728 hrs IST

India's mobile phone subscriber base declined by 1.74 million in September to 906.62 million, the third straight monthly fall, as carriers in the world's second-biggest wireless market disconnected inactive users in a clean-up drive.

The growth in subscriptions slowed last year, after rising at a monthly average of 19 million in 2010 as the market showed signs of saturation and also as companies started disconnecting users who did not use their phones for months.

In August, carriers had lost a total 5.13 million mobile subscribers.

By comparision, China, the world's biggest mobile phone market, had 1.08 billion mobile subscribers as of September.

Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of September, based on data released on Wednesday by India's telecommunications regulator.

NOTE:

* Active mobile subscriptions in September were 698.96 million, or about 77.1 percent of the total connections.

* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was at 74.49 as of September. Mobile

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Indian telecom cos lose 1.7 mn mobile subscribers

Agencies

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 1728 hrs IST

India's mobile phone subscriber base declined by 1.74 million in September to 906.62 million, the third straight monthly fall, as carriers in the world's second-biggest wireless market disconnected inactive users in a clean-up drive.

The growth in subscriptions slowed last year, after rising at a monthly average of 19 million in 2010 as the market showed signs of saturation and also as companies started disconnecting users who did not use their phones for months.

In August, carriers had lost a total 5.13 million mobile subscribers.

By comparision, China, the world's biggest mobile phone market, had 1.08 billion mobile subscribers as of September.

Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of September, based on data released on Wednesday by India's telecommunications regulator.

NOTE:

* Active mobile subscriptions in September were 698.96 million, or about 77.1 percent of the total connections.

* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was at 74.49 as of September. Mobile

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Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter of 2012

Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter of 2012

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax...

Bharti Airtel has reported a profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter ended September, 2012.

Sales for the period under consideration stood at Rs 202.83 billion and consolidated revenue was Rs 202.73 billion. Bharti Airtel's EBITDA margin for the period under consideration stood at 39.3 per cent. Consolidated operating free cash flows stood at Rs 22.96 billion.

The operator's overall customer base at the end of the second quarter ending September, 2012 stood at 262.6 million across 20 countries. The operator's average revenue per user (ARPU) for the same period for its Indian operations stood at Rs 177. The ARPU for its African operations stands at $6.4.

Commenting on the result, Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and managing director, Bharti Airtel Limited, says, "Despite a seasonally weak quarter, I am pleased to see that our overall revenue growth has sustained through diversified segments and geographies as well as the continuing healthy demand in data services. I am also happy to note that in India, the much needed market corrections in customer acquisition practices have been put in place by the operators. Our African operations continue to reflect sustained and steady growth on all major parameters of revenues, profitability and cash flow."

Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter of 2012

Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter of 2012

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Bharti Airtel registers profit after tax...

Bharti Airtel has reported a profit after tax of Rs 7.21 billion for the second quarter ended September, 2012.

Sales for the period under consideration stood at Rs 202.83 billion and consolidated revenue was Rs 202.73 billion. Bharti Airtel's EBITDA margin for the period under consideration stood at 39.3 per cent. Consolidated operating free cash flows stood at Rs 22.96 billion.

The operator's overall customer base at the end of the second quarter ending September, 2012 stood at 262.6 million across 20 countries. The operator's average revenue per user (ARPU) for the same period for its Indian operations stood at Rs 177. The ARPU for its African operations stands at $6.4.

Commenting on the result, Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and managing director, Bharti Airtel Limited, says, "Despite a seasonally weak quarter, I am pleased to see that our overall revenue growth has sustained through diversified segments and geographies as well as the continuing healthy demand in data services. I am also happy to note that in India, the much needed market corrections in customer acquisition practices have been put in place by the operators. Our African operations continue to reflect sustained and steady growth on all major parameters of revenues, profitability and cash flow."

Huawei launches two Mediapad tablets

Huawei launches two Mediapad tablets

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Huawei launches two Mediapad tablets

Huawei has introduced the B Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite and the B Huawei MediaPad 10 under the brand name Mediapad.

Both the tablets function on the Android 4.0 operating system.

The B Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite has a 7 inch screen and is powered by a Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor. It packs in a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and supports 3G and Wi-Fi technologies. The tablet is priced at Rs 13,700.

The MediaPad 7 Lite is available for sale in India via trade stores like Croma, Reliance Digital and online partners like Flipkart and multi-brand outlets across India.

The B Huawei MediaPad 10 has a 10.1-inch screen and is powered by a Cortex A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor. It has an 8 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera and will be available in India beginning December 2012. The price for the tablet is yet to be announced.