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Singtel’s regional mobile subscriber base increases to 78 million

Year-on-year growth of 26 per cent

Singapore, 7 February 2006 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced that its aggregate number of mobile subscribers in the region has increased to 78 million.
 
As at 31 December 2005, Singtel and its associates had 77.79 million customers, a 26 per cent increase from a year ago.  This is the largest mobile customer base in Asia outside of China. 
 
On a proportionate basis, Singtel’s subscriber base in the seven markets – Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – increased 22 per cent from a year ago to cross the 30 million mark to about 31 million. 
 
On a year-on-year basis, Singtel’s three Asian mobile associates – Advanced Info Service, Bharti and Telkomsel – posted strong subscriber growth, ranging from 8 to 66 per cent.  Bharti and Telkomsel continued to enjoy strong market growth.  Collectively, their customer base increased 55 per cent from a year ago.  Globe’s net disconnection was 5,000 in the quarter, which is significantly lower than the 1.2 million recorded in the preceding quarter.
 
Singtel Optus achieved renewed mobile growth in the quarter by acquiring 212,000 customers, expanding its mobile customer base to 6.30 million.  The growth was achieved despite intense competition in the Australian mobile market.
 
In Singapore, Singtel increased its subscriber base to 1.62 million in spite of challenging market conditions.  During the quarter, Singtel added 20,000 mobile customers, with about equal increases in the number of prepaid and postpaid customers.  In November 2005, Singtel improved its competitiveness in the prepaid market by introducing new prepaid plans.  Singtel had approximately 55,000 3G customers as at 31 December 2005.
 
More details of the market and financial performance of the seven mobile operations will be available when Singtel announces its results for the third quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2005 on 8 February 2006. 
 
At a glance
 
 
Aggregate Subscriber Base
(million)
Singtel’s Proportionate
Subscriber Base (million)
 
Dec 05
Sep 05
Dec 04
Dec 05
Sep 05
Dec 04
Optus
6.30
6.08
6.20
6.30
6.08
6.20
Singtel
1.62
1.60
1.54
1.62
1.60
1.54
Singtel’s regional associates
69.87
66.37
53.82
22.66
21.59
17.35
 
Total
 
 
77.79
 
74.05
 
61.56
 
30.58
 
29.28
 
25.09