26% of Uninor’s subscribers were active Internet connections in the quarter ended June 30, Telenor disclosed in its earnings report. While the company hasn’t disclosed any specific number on Uninor’s active Internet base in the country, Uninor reports a total connection base of 39.849 million for the quarter. This translates to an Internet subscriber base of 10.36 million. The telecom operator had reported an Internet base of 10.01 million connections in the preceding quarter.
Telenor mentions that the active connection base in India’s operations are more conservative than the rest of the group due to the high churn in the market. Subscriptions in India are considered active if there was activity in the last 30 days, where as for the rest of the group active mobile internet users are subscriptions with at least 150 KB of data during the last three months.
Telenor group has reported total India revenues of NOK 1.362 billion (around Rs 1064.29 crore as per current rates) for the quarter, registering a 9% increase from NOK 1.021 billion in the same quarter last year registering a growth of 33.4%. However, on a sequential basis, revenues were down marginally by 1.51% from NOK 1.383 billion.
However, the company reported a positive EBITDA of NOK 24 million for the quarter. It had reported an EBITDA loss of NOK 54 million in the preceding quarter and NOK 106 million in the same quarter last year.
– ARPU: The total ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) was at Rs 95 for the quarter, down from Rs 98 in the preceding quarter and down from Rs 108 in the same quarter last year. The company attributed the decline in ARPU to lower voice consumption, and the impact from reduced mobile termination rate, but was partly compensated by increased data usage.
– Net Additions: Telenor witnessed 1.3 million net additions for the quarter, as compared to 1.8 million net additions in the preceding quarter.
– Total connection base: Telenor reported a total connection base of 39.849 million across six telecom circles Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP East and UP West for the quarter. In comparison, Telenor had a connection base of 38.50 million in the previous quarter. Note that Telenor had secured 6MHz spectrum in Assam in February 2014 2G auctions but is yet to start its operations in that region. In October last year, Telenor had mentioned that it plans to launch services in Assam in early 2015.