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Airtel’s Mobile Internet revenues up 68% year on year to Rs 2647 crore


Mobile Internet revenues for Airtel in India grew by 67.79% year on year to Rs 2547.1 crore for the quarter ended June 30th 2015 (Q1-FY16), accounting for around 19.2% of total revenues for the company. For the same quarter last year, Airtel had reported Rs 1578 crore in mobile revenues, and in a year, its mobile Internet revenues have grown by over a thousand crores. Quarter on quarter, Mobile Internet revenues were up 12%, from Rs 2320.98 crores.

3G Users

Airtel has reported total 21.36 million 3G Mobile Internet connections for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 (Q1-FY16), registering a 9.87% increase from 19.44 million 3G connections in the previous quarter and up 70% from 12.53 million 3G Mobile Internet connections in the same quarter last year.

The total mobile Internet base saw a 6.67% increase quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) to 49.47 million connections, from 46.39 million connections in the previous quarter, while it increased 25.8% year-on-year (YoY) from 39.32 million in the same quarter last year. Note that Airtel’s user base is not comparable with that of Vodafone, which is the only among Airtel, Idea, Reliance Communications and Vodafone to not weed out incidental Internet users in their notes.

Mobile Internet users accounted for 21.4% of the Airtel’s total India connection base for the quarter, up slightly from 20.5% in the previous quarter. The 3G Mobile Internet base accounts for 43.2% of its total Mobile Internet base, up from 31.9% last year. 3G connections are 9.3% of total mobile base for Airtel, up from 6% last year.

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No 4G information: The company hasn’t disclosed any updated data on how its 4G service is performing. In January 2014, Airtel had claimed that its 4G connection base had crossed the 100,000 mark in the country.

The growth in Mobile Internet connections, consumption and revenues from Airtel means that it is difficult for Airtel to explain the violation of Net Neutrality, especially its Airtel Zero platform that leads to the institution of a carriage fees on Internet companies, in exchange for allowing consumers to access only those apps and sites that are willing to pay Airtel.

Other Mobile Internet data


– Total Mobile Internet volume increased by 17.76% QoQ to 102.01 billion MB and increased by 83.45% YoY from 55.61 billion MB.

– Average data revenue per user increased 2.64% to Rs 181, from Rs 176 in the previous quarter and it increased 30.15% from Rs 139 in the same quarter last year.

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– Data usage per customer increased 7.6% to 706 MB, from 656 MB in the previous quarter and it increased 42.71% from 495 MB in the same quarter last year.

– Data Realization per MB decreased by 4.65% QoQ to Rs 0.257 and decreased by 8.8% YoY from Rs 0.28.


Written By

Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



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