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SingTel’s regional mobile base climbs to 293m in Q1

A STRONG performance in two big overseas markets helped lift Singapore Telecom’s regional mobile subscriber base to 293 million in the first quarter, up 17 per cent from a year ago.

For the three months ended March 31, Indian associate Bharti registered a subscriber tally of 127.6 million – 33.7 million more than a year back. On a sequential basis, Bharti gained some 8.8 million mobile customers, SingTel said yesterday.

Telkomsel was the other star performer. The Indonesian operator’s mobile subscriber base grew 14 per cent or 9.8 million from last year to 82 million.

Thailand’s AIS and PBTL in Bangladesh saw smaller year-on-year increments of 1.9 million and 35,000 customers respectively.

SingTel’s Australian subsidiary Optus added some 710,000 mobile users from 2009 to lift its base to 8.5 million. Sequentially, Optus registered its best quarter in five years, adding 254,000 mobile subscribers, thanks to aggressive smart phone and wireless broadband promotions.

On the home front, SingTel’s mobile customer tally in Singapore grew 140,000 year on year to 3.1 million. The local subscriber base was lower compared with the previous quarter due to the deactivation of some prepaid segment accounts, but SingTel said that this had no impact on revenue.

SingTel’s other two overseas associates – Globe in the Philippines and Warid in Pakistan – lost subscribers in Q1. Their mobile customer bases fell 1.85 million and 1.1 million respectively year-on-year to 23.9 million and 16.3 million.

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