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Q1-2015: Airtel Digital TV y-o-y revenue grows 21 per cent, subscriber base up 11 per cent

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BENGALURU: India headquartered communications giant Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel)?s digital TV (DTH)segment reported a y-o-y growth in revenue of 21 per cent to Rs 591.5 crore as compared to the year ago revenue of Rs 490 crore. The DTH segment?s contribution to Airtel?s Indian and South Asian (India & SA) revenue of Rs 16201.9 crore in Q1-2015 was 4 per cent. Airtel?s India & SA revenue forms 71 per cent of the company?s global revenue of Rs 22961.6 crore in the quarter.

Note: (1) Rs 100 lakh = Rs100,00,000 = Rs 1 crore = Rs 10 million.

Airtel?s DTH segment reported  11 per cent jump in its net subscriber base to 93.88 lakh in Q1-2015 from 84.52 lakh in Q1-2014 and a 4.2 per cent rise from the 90.12 lakh in Q4-2014. Q-o-q the subscriber base grew by 3.76 lakh says the company.

Airtel?s DTH segment reported average revenue (Arpu) of Rs 214, which was 5 per cent more than the Rs 203 in Q4-2014 and 9 per cent more than the Rs 195 in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal.

Airtel?s DTH segment reported a monthly subscriber churn of 0.6 per cent in Q1-2015 and Q1-2014, as compared to 0.9 per cent in Q4-2014.

The DTH segment?s EBITDA for the quarter increased to Rs 143.7 crore as compared to Rs 76 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. EBIDTA margin improved significantly in Q1-2015 to 24.3 per cent as compared to a margin of 15.5 per cent in the corresponding quarter last year.  During the current quarter, the DTH segment incurred a capital expenditure of Rs 262.7 crore for higher procurement of boxes  for higher gross adds.  The DTH Segment's cash burn during the quarter at Rs 119 crore has dropped, compared to Rs 147.9 crore in the corresponding quarter last year reports the company.

Bharti Airtel?s consolidated highlights for the first quarter ended 30 June 2014

Overall customer base stands at 29.99 million across 20 countries, up 9.1 per cent y-o-y.

Consolidated total revenues at Rs 22,962 crore, up by 13.3 per cent y-o-y.

India & South Asia (India SA) up 11.8 per cent; Africa up 17.5 per cent (INR terms) y-o-y.

Consolidated Mobile Data revenue at Rs 2,204 crore, up by 73.9 per cent y-o-y; growth across geographies.

Consolidated EBITDA at Rs 7,720 crore, up by 18.0 per cent y-o-y, EBITDA margin up 1.3 per cent y-o-y.

India & SA EBITDA margin at 37.2 per cent, up by 3 per cent y-o-y.

Net Income at Rs 1,108 crore, up by 60.9 per cent y-o-y.

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