Sistema Shyam Teleservices (MTS India), the telecom operator focusing primarily on data services, has reported a data card subscriber base of 0.82 million for the quarter ended 30th June 2011 (Q2-11), up 40% (around 236,000) from the 0.58 million it reported at the end of March 2011. Post Q2, the company claims to have crossed 1 million data card subscribers since the end of the quarter.
Need To Know:
– Data & VAS Revenues: Non-voice revenues from both data and mobile VAS for the quarter reportedly went up by 36% Q-o-Q to Rs 79.69 crore, which was around 29% of the company’s total revenue. The company says it has expanded its data services business to 200 cities in India, including all 5 metros.
– Blended ARPU: was a very low at Rs 82, but has been consistent for the last three quarters. MTS says that their ARPU is declining, but it is a “reducing decline”, and price competition is reducing. Note that MTS hasn’t reported data card ARPU separately. For December 2010, it had reported a Data Card ARPU of Rs. 274.
– Launch of High Speed Network: Since the quarter ended, MTS has launched CDMA EV-DO Rev B Phase II network in Jaipur, Rajasthan, capable of supporting data transfer speeds as high as 4.9 Mbps in single frequency carrier and 9.8 Mbps in two frequency carrier bundle. It intends to roll-out the network in other cities, subsequently.
– Mobile Subscriber base: 11.7 million customers, up 17% quarter-on-quarter. However, there is no comment on active subscribers, but as per the last TRAI report, MTS has 5,720,667 active subscribers, nearly 48.79% of its total subscriber base.
– Minutes of Use: 295 minutes, down quarter on quarter from 305 min. MTS says that the decreasing share of free on-net minutes was responsible for this decline.
– The company recently announced the launch of sub-Rs 5,000 Android smart phones from Huawei and ZTE.
– Revenues: Rs 278.2 crore, up 22% quarter on quarter. The revenue growth, the company says, was driven by 131% increase in subscriber base over Q2-10.
– Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (OIBDA): loss of Rs 410.1 crore for Q2 2011.
– CAPEX: Rs 6080 crore till date. This includes the investment of Rs 252.7 crore made during Q2 2011.
– Debt: Consolidated debt from banks and financial institutions now stands at Rs 5736.7 crore.