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More than 51% of Airtel’s data connections are on 3G


Mobile Internet revenues for Airtel in India grew by 50.6% year-on-year to Rs 3183.9 crore for the quarter ended December 31 2015 (Q3-FY16), accounting for around 23.1% of total revenues for the company.  Quarter-on-quarter, Mobile Internet revenues were up 10%, from Rs 2,893 crores.

3G Users

Airtel has reported total 28.09 million 3G Mobile Internet connections for the quarter ended December 31 30, 2015 (Q3-FY16), registering a 17.57% increase from 23.90 million 3G connections in the previous quarter and up 65.84% from 16.94 million 3G Mobile Internet connections in the same quarter last year.

The total mobile Internet base saw a 7.54% increase quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) to 54.86 million connections, from 51.01 million connections in the previous quarter, while it increased 29.85% year-on-year (YoY) from 42.25 million in the same quarter last year. Note that Airtel’s user base is not comparable with that of Vodafone, which is the only major telecom operator to not weed out incidental Internet users in their notes.

Mobile Internet users accounted for 22.5% of the Airtel’s total India connection base for the quarter, up slightly from 21.7% in the previous quarter. The 3G Mobile Internet base accounts for 51.21% of its total Mobile Internet base, up from 40.09% last year.

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Note that Airtel is the second mobile operator where 3G subscribers are more than 50% of its data connections. Reliance Communications earlier this month reported that nearly 60 of its data connections are on 3G.

3G connections are 11.54% of total mobile base for Airtel, up from 7.79% last year.

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.

Other Mobile Internet data

– Total Mobile Internet volume increased by 16.51% QoQ to 133.95 billion MB and increased by 73.2% YoY from 77.28 billion MB.

– Average data revenue per user increased 3.62% to Rs 200, from Rs 193 in the previous quarter and it increased 17.65% from Rs 170 in the same quarter last year.

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– Data usage per customer increased 10.2% to 843 MB from 765 MB in the previous quarter and it increased 35.53% from 622 MB in the same quarter last year.

– Data Realization per MB decreased by 5.56% QoQ to Rs 0.2377 and decreased by 13.12% YoY from Rs 0.2736.

Download: Press release and quarterly report

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