Vodafone Group has reported India service revenues of £1.021 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, nearly flat from £1.026 billion in the previous quarter but up 7.8% from £0.95 billion in the same quarter last year.

At constant exchange rates, Vodafone informs that the service revenue grew by 13.2% YoY while the EBITDA grew by 11.9% YoY. This was due to strong data usage, improved voice pricing and customer growth. (Read about Vodafone India’s mobile Internet performance here)

Vodafone Q2FY15 service revenues

Mobile in-bundle revenue increased by 8.3% to £196 million from £181 million in the previous quarter. Mobile out-bundle revenue however declined by 3.3% to £614 million from £635 million last quarter while the mobile incoming revenues dipped by 2% to £145 million, from £148 million in the previous quarter.

Mobile In-bundle revenue represents revenues from bundles that include a specific number of minutes, messages and megabytes of data for no additional charge while mobile out of bundle revenue represents revenues generated from additional minutes, messages and megabytes of data used out of these bundles. Mobile Incoming revenues comprises of revenue generated from voice and messaging termination rates to Vodafone customers.

The fixed line revenues was marginally up to £41 million for the quarter, from £40 million in the previous quarter while the other revenues grew to £25 million for the quarter, from £22 million in the previous quarter.

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Operational Highlights

– Vodafone India had 173.85 million connections for the quarter, up from 169.9 million connections in the previous quarter. 93.4% of these connections are prepaid connections.

Net additions was at 3.95 million for the quarter. Vodafone mentions that net additions grew by 7.3 million for the first half of 2014.

ARPU: Total blended ARPU dipped to Rs 187 from Rs 193 in the previous quarter. This was due to a decline in prepaid ARPU to Rs 153 from Rs 160 in the previous quarter. The postpaid ARPU grew marginally to Rs 673 from Rs 672 in the previous quarter.

Minutes of use declined to 165.8 billion from 169.7 billion in the previous quarter but increased from 155.5 billion in the same quarter last year.

Total Churn increased to 54% from 49.4% in the previous quarter. Postpaid churn increased to 21.3% while prepaid churn increased to 56.3%. Note that Vodafone accounts for churn over four consecutive quarters.

Messaging volume continues its slide: It was at 22.2 billion for the quarter, down from 23.3 billion in the previous quarter and 24.5 billion in the same quarter.

– Vodafone has 4 million fixed broadband customers for the quarter, up from 3 million customers in the previous quarter.

Vodafone Red launch: Vodafone extended its Vodafone Red postpaid plans to India in August this year. These plans offer all-in-one plans with bundled minutes, SMS and mobile Internet usage along with a dedicated relationship manager and access to Vodafone safety apps like Vodafone Guardian apps and Password Manager apps among others.

It also allows users to create groups of family members (of up to 5 members) to share voice minutes, SMS and mobile Internet usage and get a single combined bill. The telcos mentions that it registered around 163,000 connections for these plans by the end of September.

License extension: Vodafone mentions that it had sought an extension of its existing licenses in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata which was denied by  the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in March 2013. TDSAT (Telecommunications Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal) also denied this extension in January this year. (ReadWhy Vodafone thinks DoT’s rejection of its license extension is wrong)

The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear Vodafone’s appeal on an expedited basis and a hearing has been scheduled for November 26, 2014. In the meantime, Vodafone sought and obtained spectrum in these cities to maintain continuity of its services. Earlier in the day, a DNA report cited sources to suggest that DoT may extend these permits by charge telcos at a notional rate with an ad-hoc cabinet approval.

Also read:

– Vodafone India reports 14M 3G connections in Q2-FY15
– Vodafone India reports 0.37M active M-Pesa users in Q2-FY15
– Vodafone M-Pesa users can now book train tickets via SMS through Bharat BPO tie-up