Reliance Communications revenue dips 3% due to expiry of 2G license in 5 circles

Reliance Communications
Telecom network operator Reliance Communications today said its revenue fell 2.9 percent to Rs 5,277 crore in the third quarter ended December 31, 2015 against the same period last year.

The decline in revenue was mainly due to expiry of its 2G license in 5 telecom circles.

Businessman Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Communications has migrated profitable customers in these circles to its 3G business. It has 23.1 million 3G subscribers at the end of 2015. The total data subscriber base — 2G and 3G — was 38.8 million (+4.3 percent on quarterly basis).

Reliance Communications’ revenue fell despite 2.9 percent quarterly growth in ARPU to Rs 142.

The telecoms generated Rs 4,651 crore revenue from Indian business and Rs 1,106 from global business.

The mobile operator on Friday reported a 9.6 percent jump in its net profits for the third quarter over the previous quarter of the current financial year.

Te company reported a profit after tax of Rs 171 crore on a consolidated basis.

The company’s income, however, fell marginally by 1.1 percent to Rs 5,298 crore from Rs 5,355 crore in the second quarter. Earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortisation was reported at Rs 1,803 crore, up 1.2 percent from Rs 1,782 crore.

Among the other highlights, the revenue per minute of its telecom operations was at 45.2 paise, up 0.9 quarter-on-quarter, while the average revenue per user grew 2.9 percent to Rs.142, the company statement said. “The total data traffic at 103.2 billion mega bits is up 6 percent.”

During the period, Reliance Communications signed a pact with Jio for trading its spectrum in the 800 MHz band across nine circles and for sharing the scarce airwaves in the same band across 17 circles.

“Reliance Communications has also paid an amount of Rs 5,383.84 crore as liberalisation fee to the Department of Telecom in relation to spectrum in the 800/850 MHz band held by it in 16 telecom circles,” the company statement added.

The company also entered into an exclusive discussions for potential combination of it wireless business with Aircel and singed non-binding term sheet with Tillman Global and TPG for the sale of its tower business and related infrastructure.

The Reliance Group had a net worth of Rs 91,500 crore ($15.3 billion), cash flows of Rs 10,200 crore ($1.7 billion), and net profit of Rs 4,700 crore ($800 million). The telecom arm has a customer base of 110 million, including some 2.6 million individual overseas retail customers.