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Airtel India Q3-FY13: Rs 47 Data ARPU, Rs 0.29 Per Data MB; 41.48M Subs

Airtel has reported 41.48 million data subscribers in India, a 2.17% QoQ growth, out of which 5.18 million are 3G subscribers, a growth of 29.23% QoQ (albeit on a low base) for the quarter ended 31st December 2012 (Q3-FY13). 22.8% of Airtel’s mobile user base uses data services, with a total of 19,777 million MBs (Megabytes) of data usage being reported on the network, compare to 15879 million MB usage that it reported in the last quarter. Data usage is thus up almost 25%. Data ARPU for Airtel increased 8.82% QoQ at Rs 47 per user; data usage per user was up 20.67% to 161 MB/user, compared to 133 MB reported last quarter. Data realisation per MB was 29.3 paise, down 9.49% from 32.4 paise. The company did not disclose the number of 4G subscribers. Financials: Airtel reported consolidated revenues of Rs 20,239 crore, up 9.5% year on year, India mobile data revenues up 70% year on year. Its consolidated EBITDA was Rs 6184 crore, with EBITDA margin at 30.6%. Net profit for the quarter was Rs 1011.3 crore. Airtel's India and South Asia business reported revenues of Rs 10936 crore, down 1.62% quarter on quarter, mobile EBITDA of Rs 3308.3 crore, down 3.93%. Mobile Data and VAS & Messaging We've done some calculations, approximating India & South Asia revenues as India revenues. Our approximations are not too far off the mark, it appears: Airtel says its India data revenues have increased by 70%, while as per our calculations (below), it was…

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