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Idea Q3-FY13 Concall Live: 3G ARPU Rs 97; Double Digit SmartPhone Penetration; MultiSIM Users Decline

Our coverage of Idea Cellular Q3-FY13 results is here. Our live coverage of the concall is below. 1435 hrs: Call begins 1438 hrs: The number of operators in 2013 has fallen from 16 to 6 in most markets, and 8 in some markets. The demand is much lower than supply. The government managed to sell a small amount of the spectrum in the recent auction. DoT sent us a demand of Rs 2113 crore. The demand is in two parts - retrospective demand for spectrum held after 2008, and then till the end. One time free has no basis. The license conditions stipulate that it is as per incremental usage (as AGR), and Idea has already paid the government for spectrum. Idea is challenging the governments decision of 26 December, and our petition has been admitted in the Bombay High Court. The government has to respond to the demand by 20th February. In another development, DoT issued a demand notice after an audit, for the fiscal 2007-08, a shortfall in revenue share of Rs 135 crore, and Idea has protested the same. 1442 hrs: Idea has reported a sequential growth in revenue by 5%. This is led by an expansion in voice connections, with rural customers returning. Average realized rate fell in the quarter. Voice ARPM has been flat, but there was a fall in non-voice, because of non performance of the non data VAS business. Non-data VAS has been driven down post the implementation of the TRAI VAS regulation…

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