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Vodafone India added 2.3M data connections in Q1FY18, ARPU weakens

Vodafone India added 2.3 million data connections during the quarter ended June 3, 2017 (Q1FY18), taking the total to 69.2 million connections, up from 66.9 million data connections in the previous quarter (Q4 FY17). Jio’s freebies and increasing competitive pressure in the industry had an effect on all cellular operators in the country, but Vodafone seems to show signs of recovery. The telco had lost 4.6 million data connections in Q3FY17 and at least 1 million of them were 3G/4G customers. However, in Q1FY18, Vodafone’s 3G/4G subscriber base increased to 41.1 million connections, up from 37.7 million 3G/4G connections during Q4FY17. Overall the company reported 211.9 million customers, up from 209 million in the previous quarter. Although the telco is gaining back customers, revenues are growing at a flat rate. Vodafone India’s overall service revenue was at €1.385 billion during Q1FY18, which is flattish growth when compared to €1.379 billion in the previous quarter. Overall service revenue stood at €1.510 billion in the same quarter last year. Mobile revenues for the quarter stood at €1.303 billion, up marginally from €1.193 billion in the previous quarter and down by 9.5% YoY from €1.441 billion in Q1FY17. Mobile metrics The addition of new data customers has also reflected on Vodafone India’s data usage. The total amount of mobile data usage for the quarter increased to 237,855 Terabytes (TB) in Q1FY18, which is a whopping 83% QoQ growth when compared to 129,424 TB usage in the previous quarter. In the same quarter last year, data usage touched…

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