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Vodafone added 1.9M data connections in Q4FY17, while ARPU falls

Vodafone India added 1.9 million data connections during the quarter ended March 31st, 2016 (Q4FY17), taking the total to 66.9 million connections, up from 65 million data connections in Q3FY17. Post launch of Jio and due to competitive pressure in the industry the telco had lost 4.6 million data connections in the previous quarter. However, Vodafone India seems to be recovering: its 3G/4G subscriber base increased to 37.7 million connections during the quarter, up from million connections from 35 million connections during Q3FY17. The telco had also lost 1 million 3G/4G connections in the previous quarter. Overall the company reported 209 million customers, up from 205 million in the previous quarter.

Apart from the decreasing data customers, Vodafone’s overall service revenue was also down by 5% QoQ at €1.379 billion during Q4FY17. Overall service revenue also declined by 11.5% YoY from €1.532 billion in the same quarter last year. Mobile revenues for the quarter stood at €1.239 billion, down 8.2% QoQ from €1.145 billion in the previous quarter.

Mobile metrics

The addition of new data customers has reflected on Vodafone India’s data usage. The total amount of mobile data usage for the quarter increased to 129.42 Terabytes (TB), from 105.45 TB in the previous quarter. The telco had reported a significant fall in data usage in Q3FY17 after Jio’s launch, but an increase in data usage doesn’t mean that it is making enough money per customer. Mobile Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) was down by 10.6% QoQ at Rs 109 during the quarter. Mobile ARPU stood at Rs 144 in in the same quarter last year (Q4FY16), and had peaked at Rs 150 in Q4 FY15—both before the launch of Jio.

On the other hand, Voice usage also increased to 210.5 million minutes, from 189.2 million minutes in the preceding quarter.

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Other financial highlights

-The company claims to have a rural subscriber base of 114 million connections during Q4FY17.
-Vodafone Business Service, the company’s enterprise segment now contributes to over 17% of Service Revenues.
– EBITDA at Rs 11,784 crores in FY17, down 10.2% YoY
-Spike in data usage helped increase Vodafone’s smartphone penetration to 33.57% of its overall customer base.
-Vodafone M-pesa, the company’s digital wallet service claims to have 11.9 million registered users in FY17.
– In India, 92% of total revenues & 95% of data revenues were covered with 4G spectrum in Q4FY17

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