Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) today announced that the group’s overall mobile subscriber base in the region stood at 171.54 million by 31 December 2007, up 53% on the 112.28 million recorded at 31 December 2006. SingTel is active in eight markets in the region – Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The company said its latest set of figures was boosted by the addition of Warid Telecom’s 13.21 million subscribers in Pakistan in the fourth quarter. Elsewhere, strong performances were recorded at its Indian subsidiary Bharti which reported record quarterly net additions of 6.29 million in the final three months of the year to raise its subscriber base to 55.16 million mobile users. Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel added 3.43 million subscribers in the fourth quarter to bring its total mobile subscriber base to 47.89 million. SingTel added that AIS (Thailand), Globe Telecom (Philippines), PBTL (Bangladesh) and Warid Telecom also posted healthy subscriber growth of between 4.4% and 11.3%. In Australia, the group’s SingTel Optus unit reported strong subscriber acquisitions in the fourth quarter to close out the year with more than seven million mobile users, including 1.16 million 3G subscribers.
In its home market, SingTel said its total mobile subscriber base rose to 2.33 million as at 31 December 2007, thanks to a record quarterly increase of 197,000 pre-paid and post-paid mobile subscribers, which beat the previous quarter’s high of 185,000 net additions. The operator also saw its highest quarterly jump in 3G subscribers, adding 120,000 new customers to boost its 3G subscriber base to 749,000 by the end of the year. 3G subscribers now make up more than half (56%) of SingTel’s post-paid mobile subscriber base, it said.
SingTel says that more details of the performance of its regional mobile operations will be available when it announces its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2007 on 5 February 2008.