The data card base of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates in India as MTS India, grew to 1.5 million subscribers for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, up 6.3% from 1.4 million subscribers in the previous quarter. The non-voice revenues that includes data and VAS revenues grew by 14% to Rs 147.5 crore for the quarter, from Rs 129.1 crore in the previous quarter. As a percentage of revenues, non-voice contribution increased to 43% of the company’s quarterly revenues, up from 38.6% in the previous quarter. Highlights - Minutes of Use declined by 3.7% to 401 million minutes for the quarter, from 416 million minutes in the previous quarter. - Blended mobile ARPU increased by 2% to Rs 117 for the quarter from Rs 115 in the previous quarter, due to increase in data usage. - Mobile connection base remained flat sequentially at 9.2 million subscribers for the quarter. - SSTL mentions that its HSD services now covers over 700 towns across 9 circles, up from 650 towns across 9 circles in the previous quarter and 600 towns across 9 circles in the quarter before. - In August this year, MTS India had partnered with an independent short films aggregator Shotz7 to launch an online movie streaming service ‘MTS Movies’. - MTS also launched (pdf) a portable MiFi router called 'MTS MBlaze Power Wi-Fi' that comes bundled with a 5200 mAh power bank. The company claimed that this portable router can provide "Hi-Speed data connectivity" to up to six devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, Smart…
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