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Singtel’s regional mobile subscriber base rises to 92 million

Highest quarterly increase of 7.4 million subscribers

Singapore, 2 August 2006 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) today announced that the aggregate number of its mobile subscribers in the region has exceeded 92 million as at 30 June 2006.

This figure also represents an increase of 7.4 million customers from the previous quarter. This is the highest quarterly increase ever registered by the Singtel Group.[1]
 
The combined mobile subscriber base of Singtel, Singtel Optus and the Group’s five regional associates grew 30 per cent from about 71 million a year ago. 
 
On a proportionate basis, Singtel’s subscriber base in the seven markets – Australia,Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – increased 25 per cent from a year ago to more than 35 million. 
 
The strongest growth came from Bharti and Telkomsel.  On a year-on-year basis, Bharti posted record subscriber growth of 88 per cent while Telkomsel saw a 36 per cent jump in mobile subscribers.
 
In Australia, Singtel Optus added 69,000 customers for the quarter, increasing its mobile customer base to 6.56 million.  This represents an 8.8 per cent increase year-on-year.  The growth was achieved despite continued fierce competition in the Australian mobile market.
 
Singtel had 1.62 million mobile customers in Singapore, a decline of 41,000 users from the last quarter.  Though Singtel added more than 5,000 postpaid subscribers, this was offset by a drop of 46,000 prepaid mobile customers during the quarter.  This is due to the termination of prepaid mobile lines in Singapore whose users did not register their prepaid mobile lines by 1 May 2006 under a mandatory nationwide registration exercise. 
 
At a glance

 
Aggregate Subscriber Base
(million)
Singtel’s Proportionate
Subscriber Base (million)
 
Jun 06
Mar 06
Jun 05
Jun 06
Mar 06
Jun 05
Optus
6.56
6.49
6.03
6.56
6.49
6.03
Singtel
1.62
1.66
1.55
1.62
1.66
1.55
Singtel’s regional associates
84.24
76.86
63.56
27.39
24.98
20.88
 Total
92.42
85.00
71.14
35.57
33.13
28.46
 
More details of the market and financial performance of the seven mobile operations will be available when Singtel announces its results for the first quarter ended 30 June 2006 on
3 August 2006.


[1] The previous record increase was 6.3 million subscribers for the quarter ended 30 June 2005.