Airtel’s Data Subscribers Grow to a Quarter of Its 191 mn Mobile Subscribers

airtelAt the end of June 2013, more than a quarter of Bharti Airtel’s 191 mn mobile subscribers in India are subscribed to data services as compared to a fifth of it users on data services in the same quarter last year.

The company had 46.6 million mobile Internet consumers out of which 6.8 mn were on 3G, Airtel said. Growth in 3G data subscribers & data was impacted because of a Supreme Court decision restraining operators from acquiring new customers in circles where they do not have 3G license to operate.

To retain data consumers, telcos slashed 2G rates.

Data consumption has grown by 117% compared to the previous year to reach 27.3 billion mega byites in the quarter contributing to 7.4% of the company’s total mobile revenues. Airtel made about Rs 63 on an average from a data user.

Overall, the company’s net profits fell 9.6% year on year to Rs 688.9 cr whereas its revenues grew 9.3% year on year to Rs 20,299.5 cr.

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