Vodafone India has 23.8 million 3G Internet connections for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. In comparison, the telecom operator had 13.6 million connections in the same period last year, and 22.1 million subscribers in the preceding quarter. Vodafone’s total data connections stood at 66.5 million, down marginally down 0.45% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) from 66.8 million in the previous quarter. However, on a year-on-year basis, data connections increased 16% from 57.2 million.
Note, Vodafone’s total mobile Internet connection base seems to include incidental mobile Internet users (users who have consumed less than 1 MB/month), while its competitors Idea Cellular, Airtel and Reliance Communications have started culling incidental mobile Internet users from the past few quarters. Maybe it’s time Vodafone India also started doing it.
Other data highlights
– 1.7 million 3G connections added during the quarter, down from 2.7 million additions in the previous quarter.
– Total 2G data connection base is at 42.7 million for the quarter, down from 44.7 million connections in the previous quarter.
– Total data usage increased by 74% year-on-year (YoY). Data revenues now represent 18.9% of the company’s service revenue.
– Blended prepaid mobile ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) for the quarter is Rs 144, marginally down from Rs 149 in the previous quarter.
– Average data usage per user for the quarter is 393 MB, up from 357 MB in the previous quarter.
– Vodafone says that it now has 97,000 M-Pesa agents and 665,000 active users.
Project Spring: Vodafone added that since the launch of Project Spring they have added over 22,000 new 3G sites, taking the total to nearly 40,000 and that their population coverage to 94% of target urban areas. The urban population coverage was at 91% in the preceding quarter. More on Project Spring initiative here.