Idea Cellular Q3 net profit down, revenue surges

By January 21st, 2016 AT 5:59 PM

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator, reported a decline of 0.4% in net profit in the third quarter of the financial year 2016. The telco’s consolidated net profit fell to Rs 7.64 billion in the quarter, from Rs 7.67 billion a year earlier.


The telco has reported 12.4% increase in standalone revenue at Rs 90,089 million in the third quarter of the financial year 2016, against Rs 80,148 million a year earlier. The factors driving revenue growth were volume led including year on year expansion of voice minutes at 16.7% to 199.2 billion minutes, and mobile data (2G+3G+4G) at 75.8% to 81.0 billion MB, in the third quarter. However, a year decline in voice realized rate at 10.6% and mobile data realised rate at 17.2%, depressed overall gross revenue growth.

The capex spend in the quarter of Rs 23,135 million was financed by cash profit of Rs 23,493 million for the quarter. The standalone quarterly EBITDA of Rs 28,513 million grew annually by 14.7%. The company’s net debt now at Rs 376.9 billion, includes almost all Deferred Payment Liability from past spectrum auctions, including March 2015 auction.
Idea said it supported its consumer centricity vision by integrating highest ever 32,385 (2G+3G+4G) cell sites during calendar year 2015.

The telco expanded 2G services population coverage to nearly 974 million Indians and wireless broadband 3G and 4G services footprint to cover 340 million Indian population, while its fibre network expanded beyond 105,000 KMs, helping the company to gear itself for next wave of mobile internet revolution. Idea is currently servicing 182 million VLR subscribers as of December 31, 2015.

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Idea is responsible for this. Im in Delhi NCR and I was using Idea Postpaid since past 4 years. I was having corporate plan with Unltd 2G data worth 150 Rs rental PM. Dramitically, Idea closed tht plan and applied some 255 Rs rental 2G data plan which have 2G speed upto 3GB and then 40 kbps speed. In the same way they closed some advance rental plan also. When enquired with idea customer care and their management team, they said tht due to some technical issue they have updated those plan with some rental increase. It was a good… Read more »


Same happened with me with my Airtel Postpaid connection in Delhi circle. I used Airtel 299 Corporate plan which gives me 600L/N min with 1GB 3G data. On last year, august month they increase this plan monthly rental to 349 with the same benefits.


Idea want that itself.
I want idea to sell thier busnes

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