Idea Cellular adds 2,547 3G sites, 5,436 2G sites in Q4 fiscal 2014-15

Indian telecom service provider Idea Cellular has added 2,547 3G sites and 5,436 2G sites during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014-15.

Idea Cellular, announcing the financial result for FY 2015, said the company’s 2G sites has gone up to 30,291 in Q4 from 27,744 in Q3. On the other hand, Idea Cellular’s 3G sites increased to 112,367 from 106,931.

The Aditya Birla group company said the number of 3G subscribers grew to 14,512,000 in Q4 from 12,945,000 in Q3.

Idea Cellular MD and CEO Himanshu Kapania

Idea Cellular said 3G data ARPU for 3G data subscriber rose to Rs 209 from Rs 197. On the other hand, data ARPU for 2G and 3G data subscribers increased to Rs 150 from Rs 126.

Idea Cellular said its VAS income as a percent of service revenue increased to 24.5 percent from 23.1 percent, while data as percent of service revenue rose to 16.9 percent from 15.7 percent. Non-Data VAS as a percent of service revenue grew to 7.6 percent from 7.4 percent.

Total data subscribers — 2G and 3G – decreased to 33,424,000 from 34,155,000. This is primarily due to change in its definition in data subscribers.

The company doubled its 3G data subscriber base, adding 7.3 million new 3G users in last one year, servicing overall 14.5 million 3G data consumers. During the year, 3G Data volume rose by nearly 2.3 times; from 13.1 billion MB in Q4 FY 2014 to 30.7 billion MB in Q4 FY 2015.

To support the exponential Voice and Mobile Data growth, Idea Cellular said its Capex spend for FY 2015 was Rs 40.5 billion (excluding spectrum); adding 7,589 GSM sites and 8,910 3G cell sites and over 11,000 Km of high capacity optical fiber.

Baburajan K
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