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Singtel Group’s regional mobile customer base grew 35 per cent year-on-year to reach 232 million

Singtel Group’s regional mobile customer base grew 35 per cent year-on-year to reach 232 million

  • Steady customer growth in the quarter
  • All associates maintained double-digit customer growth year-on-year
 
Singapore, 9 February 2009 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced that the Group’s combined regional mobile customer base has reached 232 million as at 31 December 2008.
 
Year-on-year, its aggregate mobile customer base in the eight markets – Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – was up 35 per cent or 61 million. On a quarterly basis, the increase was 7.3 per cent, or 16 million.
 
The proportionate mobile customer base rose 34 per cent from a year ago or 6.8 per cent from a quarter ago.
 
Aggregate
Customer Base (in 000s)
Proportionate
Customer Base* (in 000s)
31 Dec 08
30 Sep 08
31 Dec 07
31 Dec 08
30 Sep 08
31 Dec 07
Singtel
2,942
2,874
2,327
2,942
2,874
2,327
Optus
7,633
7,420
7,002
7,633
7,420
7,002
Bharti
85,651
77,479
55,163
25,486
23,073
16,480
Telkomsel
65,300
60,503
47,890
22,855
21,176
16,762
AIS
27,470
26,775
24,225
5,865
5,717
5,178
Globe
24,702
23,749
20,318
11,694
11,243
9,035
Warid
16,914
16,158
13,206
5,074
4,847
3,962
PBTL
1,810
1,746
1,408
815
786
634
Group total
232,422
216,704
171,539
82,364
77,136
61,380
* Proportionate base represents the number of mobile customers of an associate multiplied by the Singtel Group’s effective percentage ownership in the company at the respective dates
 
Double-digit customer growth from associates
 
Despite stiff competition in their home markets and the global economic crisis, the six regional associates continued to post double-digit customer growth of between 13 per cent and 55 per cent compared to a year ago.  On a sequential quarterly basis, the associates saw steady growth.
 
Bharti posted the biggest jump in customer numbers among the associates.  Its mobile base reached 85.7 million customers as at 31 December 2008, an increase of 55 per cent from a year ago or 11 per cent from a quarter ago.  It also achieved its highest ever quarterly net additions of 8.2 million mobile customers this quarter.
 
Telkomsel’s total mobile customer base of 65.3 million was an increase of 36 per cent from a year ago.  During the quarter, the Indonesian operator added 4.8 million customers following the successful re-launch of the highly popular simPATI PeDe in the preceding quarter.
 
Thailand and the Philippines, which are more mature markets, saw steady growth this quarter. AIS added 0.7 million mobile subscribers, compared to 0.8 million in the preceding quarter.  Globe added 1.0 million mobile subscribers, comparable to a quarter ago.
 
In Pakistan, Warid grew its total customer base to 16.9 million, up 28 per cent year-on-year or 4.7 per cent from a quarter ago.  PBTL's total mobile customer base in Bangladesh was 1.8 million, up 29 per cent from a year ago or 3.7 per cent from a quarter ago.

Optus accelerates mobile growth
 
Optus’ mobile customer base expanded 9.0 per cent from a year ago to 7.63 million as at 31 December 2008. 
 
Reflecting the success of its innovative services and plans combined with its expanding distribution channels and 3G network, Optus attracted 213,000 new customers, including 104,000 postpaid in the quarter, compared to 182,000 in the preceding quarter.
 
Optus’ 3G subscriber base now stands at 2.33 million, an increase of 7.9 per cent over the previous quarter.
 
Singtel continues to lead Singapore market
 
Singtel’s total mobile customer base was 2.94 million as at 31 December 2008, an increase of 26 per cent from a year ago.
 
A total of 68,000 new mobile customers were added during the quarter of which 30,000 were postpaid net additions with continued good take-up of Apple iPhone 3G.
 
Demand for 3G services remain strong, with 71,000 subscribers added.  As at 31 December 2008, Singtel’s total 3G mobile subscriber base reached 1.14 million. 
 
More information on the performance of the Singtel Group will be available when it announces its results for the third quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2008 on 10 February 2009.
 
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About Singtel
Singtel is a strategic investor in the region’s most successful mobile operations.  It has a 21.35 per cent stake in Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS).  In India, it has a 30.44 per cent effective interest in Bharti, the country’s largest GSM operator.  One of Singtel’s earliest investments in the region is Globe Telecom in the Philippines.  Today, it has a 47.34 per cent stake in Globe.  Singtel has a 35 per cent stake in Indonesia’s largest mobile operator, Telkomsel.  It also has a 45 per cent stake in Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL) and a 30 per cent stake in Warid Telecom in Pakistan.  More information can be found at www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.