Telecom Lead Asia: Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel)
has posted group revenue of S$4.53 billion for the first quarter of 2012, down
1.6 percent, as compared to S$4.6 billion for the same quarter last year.
EBITDA stood at S$1.24 billion, down 3.3 percent, as
compared to S$1.28 for the first quarter of 2011.
Revenue for Singapore operations stood at S$1.67 billion
for the quarter, up 7.5 percent, against S$1.55 billion revenue for the year
earlier quarter. Revenue from IT & Engineering rose 20 per cent
to S$388 million, driven by NCS as well as final revenue recognized for the
mass fiber rollout project.
SingTel Singapore’s mobile services’ revenue grew 2 per
cent to S$479 million. SingTel Singapore’s Data and Internet revenue increased
3 percent to S$408 million, while Internet-related revenue rose 6 percent.
Revenue from mio TV grew 6 per cent to S$25 million.
SingTel’s Australian operation known as Optus posted A$
2.8 billion revenue, down 6.2 percent, as compared to S$3 billion revenue for
the year earlier quarter.
In Mobile, Optus’ operating revenue was down 4 per cent
to A$1.43 billion, while revenue for Business and Wholesale fixed increased 1
per cent from satellite, ICT and managed services.
SingTel’s first quarter net profit stood at S$945
million, up 3.3 percent, as compared to S$ 916 million for the first quarter of
SingTel has stake of 35 percent in Telkomsel, 23.3
percent in AIS and 47.3 percent in Globe. In Bharti, India’s top telecom
carrier, SingTel owns 32 percent stake.
On regional basis, Telkomsel posted pre-tax profit of S$
241 million with 14.7 percent yearly growth for the first quarter of 2012.
Profit for AIS jumped 39 percent at S$107 million, while Globe’s share of
pre-tax profit rose 21 per cent to S$60 million.
Warid posted loss of S$ 18 million during the first
Airtel’s overall pre-tax contribution declined 38
per cent to S$95 million, partly due to the weaker Indian Rupee, which
depreciated 18 percent against the Singapore Dollar.
Bharti Airtel first quarter revenue up 14% to Rs 19,350 crore
Bharti Airtel reported 14 percent increase in
consolidated revenues at Rs 19,350 crore for the first quarter ended June 30,
Airtel South Asia delivered a 9 per cent revenue
growth in terms of Indian Rupee, driven by strong customer additions and
SingTel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong said that the group
delivered a resilient performance this quarter despite regional currency
headwinds and operating challenges in India.
In US Dollar terms, Airtel’s Africa operations
registered a 9 per cent increase in revenue, driven by continued customer