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MTNL’s Net Loss At Rs.8.95B, Wireless Revenues Down 22%, Landline Down 24.8%

Government owned telco MTNL added a total of 195,128 cellular connections in the quarter ended December 2009. Its total mobile base was at 4.56 million. The operator offers Dolphin (GSM), Garuda (CDMA) and Jadoo (3G) wireless connections as well as IPTV, dial-up, broadband and Bol Anmol (VoIP) services in 2 cities - Delhi and Mumbai. It also continues to offer landlines (wirelines), but disconnections have increased alarmingly over the past few years with rising mobile teledensity, which was at 122% in Mumbai in December 2009, according to a TTML presentation. Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd serves Maharashta & Goa circles. If you go by TTML's figures, apparently MTNL only has 2 percent of the wireless market share in Mumbai! Details: Release| Financials Financials MTNL posted a net loss of Rs. 8.95 billion compared to a net profit of Rs. 530.98 million in the corresponding quarter in 2008. Its net sales have fallen 18.8 percent year on year and it spend Rs. 847.42 million on license fees and spectrum in the quarter ended December 2009.  Earnings Per Share has crashed to -Rs. 13.91 from the Re.0.85 recorded in the December 2008 quarter. MTNL's staff expenses have soared in the quarter on account of a 4% increase in Dearness Relief for retirement benefits provided, compared with the earlier 1.5% in December 2008 quarter and 0.75 % in the July 2009 quarter. It has reduced its administrative expenses year on year however. Mobile Revenues Down 22% YoY MTNL's wireless segment EBITDA has taken a…

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