Vodafone India recently reported a 3.4 percent dip in revenue for the three months to June. The dip was seen despite an over 22 percent rise in data income and was bogged down by fall in rupee and income due to regulations. The service revenue growth improved to 6.4 percent as against 5.3 percent in the previous quarter, the company said in a statment. Also Read - Fake WhatsApp message claims free internet for three months, don't fall for itAlso Read - Vi (Vodafone Idea) is now focusing on growing broadband business with You Broadband
Data browsing revenue growth of 22.3 percent is lower from the pace of prior quarters, reflecting lower customer growth, which it attributed mainly to the reversal of leap-year effect and lower intra-circle roaming revenues. The company also said the preparations for its much-delayed initial public offer is still underway but did not offer a time-frame.
Excluding regulatory drags, including MTR cuts, roaming price caps and an increase in service tax, service revenue grew 7.7 percent compared to 10.2 percent in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, the company said. With effect from April 1, the company changed the reporting of certain dealer commissions in the country as a result organic service revenue growth for June quarter for the group and India have been amended to exclude the impact of this change, which had no effect on earnings or cash flows, the company said.
Its active data customer base increased to 69.7 million from 66.8 million a year ago and 3G/4G customer base grew to 32.3 million, up 46 percent, and smartphone penetration in its four biggest urban circles touched 54 percent. Voice revenue returned to growth as competition eased, despite lower average minutes of use per customer. Total mobile customers rose 1.4 million giving a closing customer base of 199.4 million as of end June.
During the quarter, the company added 3,300 3G sites, taking the total to 59,000 and the population coverage to 96 percent of target urban areas. Currently, Vodafone has 9,700 4G sites with coverage of 45 percent of its data revenue across five key circles and the company said it expects 4G coverage to increase to over 60 per cent of data revenues by the end of the year, well ahead of the upcoming spectrum auction.