Telkom Indonesia booked revenue of IDR86.188 trillion (USD6.671 billion) for the nine months ended 30 September 2016, up 13.8% compared to the IDR75.759 trillion figure reported in the corresponding period a year ago. Operating profit increased by 26.2% to IDR30.271 trillion, EBITDA rose 20.0% to IDR44.378 trillion and net income soared 27.6% for the period under review, to IDR14.732 trillion from IDR11.545 trillion previously. Operating expenses were also up, however, rising 8.0% to IDR55.917 trillion. The carrier remarked that its strong growth was fuelled by its ‘Data, Internet & IT Services’ business which rose sharply by 37.2% year-on-year to IDR32.526 trillion and now contributes 37.7% of the group’s total turnover. The company closed out September with a total of 4.309 million fixed broadband subscribers, up 15.4% y-o-y and 10.641 million fixed telephony (POTS) users – up 6.1%.
In addition, Telkom said ‘Cellular Voice and SMS’ revenues increased by 4.6% y-o-y to IDR40.365 trillion as the company ‘successfully managed the pressure from over-the-top (OTT) services’ by offering a range of innovative products, such as voice and combo packages, as well as introducing a ‘cluster-based’ pricing strategy. ‘Fixed Line Voice’ revenues, however, slipped 3.5% over the same period due to a downturn in voice traffic. CAPEX for 9M16 stood at IDR19.9 trillion it said, primarily used to develop access and backbone infrastructure for both fixed and mobile networks. Mobile arm Telkomsel, for example, invested heavily in its radio access network and base transceiver station (BTS) deployment. It rolled out 20,808 new BTS during the nine-month period, of which 90.2% were 3G/4G BTS. Telkomsel noted that data traffic increased by 84.7% y-o-y to 631,269TB mainly fuelled by high growth in 3G/4G capable devices on the network, that reached 76.4 million (up 37.3% y-o-y), equivalent to 46.7% of the total user base. In terms of infrastructure, by end of September 2016 Telkomsel reported a total of 124,097 BTS on-air (up 23.6% y-o-y), 59.4% of which were 3G/4G BTS. As at 30 September 2016 the cellco served 163.7 million mobile users, up 10.2% on an annualised basis.