Telecom service provider Reliance Communication (RCOM) has added 1 million new 3G data users in the last quarter of FY13, the company said. The growth of 3G data is primarily driven by growth of smartphones in India.
The company 3G user base grew by 16.6% during the quarter compared to the third quarter of FY 2012-13. Anil Ambani owned RCOM, which announced the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, said that it had a total of 7.2 million active 3G customers while the number of consumers using 3G data during previous quarter was 6.1 million.
RCOM had rolled out 3G services across 333 towns in all the 13 circles where the company has won 3G spectrum. RCOM 3G service offers customers with a plethora of data applications like live mobile TV, Video on-demand, video calling, music streaming, video conferencing, personalized RSS etc.
The company had 29.4 million data customers in total at the end of the quarter. This includes customers on 2G and 3G. The non-voice revenue contributed 21% of overall data consumption.
Total data consumption on RCOM’s networks grew over 5 million MBs this quarter as compared to the same period in the previous quarter. Data usage per customer in last quarter grew by 39 MBs over the previous quarter with usage per customer reported by company was 319 MB during the quarter.
RCOM had posted total revenue of Rs.5955 crore with 12.3% of growth in earnings quarter on quarter. Revenue coming from wireless segment contributed 59% of total revenue, the average revenue per users from wirelwss services stood at Rs 128.
Rival telecom player Airtel had reported a 136% jump in 3G users year over year to 6.4 million. Airtel has a total of 43 million data customers.