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Southeast Asia’s largest telecommunications group, Singapore Telecom (SingTel), today reported that its aggregate regional mobile subscriber base stood at 232 million as at 31 December 2008, up 7.3% on a quarterly basis, and a 35% increase year-on-year. Despite stiff competition and the deepening global economic gloom, SingTel reported that each of its six mobile associates in the region – Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS), India’s Bharti Airtel, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, Indonesia’s Telkomsel, Pacific Bangladesh Telecom (PBTL) and Pakistan’s Warid Telecom – posted double-digit subscriber growth ranging from 13% to 55% when compared to the same time at end-2007. Of these, India’s Bharti posted the single biggest jump in subscriber numbers to 85.65 million, up from 55.16 million as at 31 December 2007, SingTel said. The group’s wholly owned Ozzie unit Optus posted a 0.9% rise in mobile users over the year to 7.63 million, while in its home market SingTel had 2.94 million cellular customers, up 26% y-o-y. The Singaporean business also reported sustained demand for the Apple iPhone 3G device which helped push its domestic 3G mobile base up to 1.14 million, and 2.33 million for Optus in Australia.
The Pakistan Observer is reporting that the new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), requiring user verification before any SIM card is activated, has been officially implemented. Under the new SOP in order to obtain a new SIM card subscribers will first be required to provide a national identity card and complete a service agreement form. After this they will receive a non-activated SIM, and in order to activate it will be required to call a specified number from using the SIM and answer questions verifying the data they had provided. The new regulations have been introduced as the government and the regulator look to limit the use of mobile phones in anti-social activities.
The Pakistan Observer is reporting that mobile operator Warid Telecom has received equity investment of USD250 million from its joint shareholders, the Abu Dhabi Group and SingTel. Warid, launched commercial services in May 2005, is likely to use the funds to further expand its network coverage. At the end of December 2008 the cellco claimed it had coverage in over 450 cities and 7,200 towns across the country, offering services over its GSM-based infrastructure. Tariq Gulzar, Warid’s chief financial officer said of the announcement, ‘This equity injection…demonstrates the confidence reposed by our shareholders in the company’s ability to continue to provide highest level of quality services to our valued subscribers at very affordable prices. We are going to further enhance our technical and retail network across the country to exceed the expectations of our existing and potential subscribers’.