The data card base of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates in India as MTS India, grew to 1.8 million subscribers for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, up 9.4%. The company's data card subscribers stood at 1.6 million in the preceding quarter ended December 31. Non-voice revenues, from both data and mobile VAS, for the quarter increased by 11.1% to Rs 182.7 crore. Non-voice revenues now contributes to 51.1% of total quarterly revenues. In the preceding quarter, non-voice revenues contributed 46.86% of total revenues. Highlights – Blended mobile ARPU for the quarter increased by 4.2% to Rs 127 on account of increase in data usage – Mobile subscriber base is on a declining trend quarter-on-quarter and reached 8.9 million customers. The mobile subscriber base stood at 9 million in the preceding quarter and was at 9.2 million subscribers in the third quarter. – SSTL mentions that its HSD services now covers over 850 towns across 9 circles, up from 800 towns across 9 circles in the previous quarter and 700 towns across 9 circles in the quarter before. Financials – Consolidated revenues increased by 12% Y-o-Y to Rs 357.8 crore, mainly on account of data revenue growth, the company said in its statement – MTS reported an OIBDA (Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization) loss of Rs 129.7 crore for Q1 2015, OIBDA loss reduced by 17% Q-o-Q –SSTL made investments of Rs 496 million during Q1 2015. Debt from banks and financial institutions at the end of 31st March 2015 stands at INR 35.87 billion. Other developments - MTS is looking to…
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