Videocon Telecom CEO Arvind Bali: posts 126% surge in mobile data in 2014

Videocon Telecom CEO Arvind Bali said the mobile operator has posted 126 percent increase in mobile data consumption in 2014.

Nokia Networks Mbit Index 2105 said Indian mobile data rose 72 percent — 3G up 114 percent and 2G up 42 percent – last year.

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Videocon Telecom clocked 26 percent growth in average consumption per customer to reach approx 200MB data per user on its 2.75G EDGE Network. Videocon Telecom recently said it will launch 4G on TD-LTE technology in phases with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in three telecom circles. It does not have a 3G network.

The company, which is looking for an investor to expand its presence, is not participating in the spectrum auction slated for next month.

Videocon Telecom CEO Arvind Bali

Nokia Networks Mbit statics points out that average data consumption rose 48 percent on 2G to 210 MB per customer, and 29 percent in 3G to 680 MB per customer per month last year.

The telecoms’ data users increased 14 percent. Videocon Telecom has 9 million subscribers. Indian mobile market has around 900 million wireless subscribers.

“We have grown our data business at 126 percent during year 2014 which is almost double the pace of the industry growth at 72 percent, and is more than the 3G data consumption growth during the same period,” said Arvind Bali, director & CEO, Videocon Telecom.

The telecoms upgraded its network to 2.75G EDGE in September last year.

“This data growth is an outcome of 26 percent increase in average usage per customer and over 14 percent improvement in data penetration on our Revenue earning base with data enabled handsets. Now we have over 75 percent our customers with Data enabled handsets using data,” said Bali in a statement.

Videocon Telecom said it’s targeting its data contribution to GR to grow to 15 percent in 3-4 months from 10-11 percent at present.

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