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Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) says it added 64 million net new customers (+35%) in the year to 31 March 2009, to take its combined regional mobile customer base to 249 million. The group’s aggregate mobile customer base in all eight markets – Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – grew 7.3%, or 17 million on a sequential quarterly basis despite the intense competition in the markets and the slowdown in the economies. Meanwhile, the proportionate mobile customer base rose 33% from a year ago or 7% from a quarter ago, it said.
SingTel’s regional associates continued to post double-digit customer growth of between 10% and 52% compared to a year ago. Bharti, India’s number one mobile phone operator by subscribers, posted the biggest jump in customers: its mobile base reached 93.9 million customers as at 31 March 2009, an increase of 52% from a year ago or 9.7% on a quarterly basis. Indonesian cellco Telkomsel increased its base by 41% or 20.8 million from a year ago, and added 6.8 million new customers in 1Q09 alone, and grew its market share by three percentage points to 49% by end-March. Thailand and the Philippines, classed as ‘more mature markets’ by SingTel, also posted strong mobile customer additions. AIS in Thailand added 2.5 million mobile subscribers, up 10%, while Globe added 4.5 million mobile customers or 21% more than a year ago. In Pakistan, Warid grew its total customer base by three million to 17.4 million, an increase of 21% from a year ago. PBTL’s total mobile customer base in Bangladesh was 1.9 million, an increase of 315,000, or 20% on 1Q08. Elsewhere, Australian subsidiary Optus’ mobile customer base expanded 9.1% from a year ago to 7.79 million as at 31 March 2009.
In its home market, SingTel extended its market share and leadership position in the mobile segment it said, adding 405,000 new customers, or 16% more from a year ago, bringing its total mobile customer base to 2.98 million and extending its market share to 46.4% as at 31 March 2009, an increase of three percentage points from a year ago. A total of 34,000 new mobile customers were added during the quarter, of which 22,000 were post-paid net additions. Demand for 3G services continued to remain strong, with 72,000 subscribers added. As at 31 March 2009, SingTel’s total 3G mobile subscriber base reached 1.21 million, it said.
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.
In a joint press release, Riverbed Technology and Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) have announced they will collaborate to provide the telco’s Traffic Optimisation and Profiling Service Application Accelerator (TOPS AA) service using Riverbed’s Wide Area Networks (WAN) optimisation solutions. The Singaporean operator’s TOPS AA product is designed to speed up data delivery over WANs, and in the process improve the performance and speed of corporate applications such as e-mail, data back-up, Web browsing, document sharing and management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), Riverbed said. The new solution will be fully managed by SingTel, and will be offered with the option of utility-based pricing to allow users to avoid heavy upfront investments, yet provide scalability to meet future business growth.
Research In Motion (RIM), introduced the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphones in Singapore. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone and features a compact and refined design that works, looks and feels great. The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to come in the popular “clamshell” form factor.
We are pleased to work with our carrier partners to present two additional RIM innovations to customers in Singapore, said Gregory Wade, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphones build on the success of the BlackBerry platform and offer customers two new, well balanced alternatives to meet their mobile lifestyle, entertainment and business needs.
Neil Montefiore, the CEO of Singapore telco, MobileOne (M1) has announced that he is resigning from the company effective at the end of this month. The company has named Chief Financial Officer, Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah as acting CEO until a permanent replacement can be found.Mr Montefiore, 55, indicated that he wishes to pursue other personal interests as the reason for his sudden, and unexpected resignation.Mr Montefiore said, It has been my great pleasure and privilege to have been intimately involved with the inception and growth story of M1. This period has been a tremendous source of pride and satisfaction for me personally and professionally and I will treasure all the memories and experiences I take away from the more than 12 years of close association with M1.
Mr. Lim Chee Onn, Chairman of M1, said, “Neil has very ably led M1 from its launch in April 1997, through its public listing in 2002 and to its current strong position in the telecommunications market. M1 is now poised and ready for future challenges and further growth as a multiple play operator. The Board and I would like to acknowledge his significant contributions to the success of M1 and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Apple is talking to every operators in Thailand about iPhone 3G, but seems True Move will be the first to seal the deal. True Move, the country’s third largest, said in its statement, “True Move has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Thailand in the coming months.”
Yet, no official date is revealed. Currently, Thailand has not ready yet for 3G network, as it is being tested. Thai users may use available EDGE or GPRS for data connection. True Move has 13 million subscribers, while country’s largest, AIS, has 26.8 million subscibers.
If this condition is true, Thailand will be third country in the region, after Singapore and Philippines, that officially sell the Apple phone. Previously, Singapore and Philippines were joining other countries to sell iPhone 3G starting August 22.
FYI, there are tons of pirated iPhones available in Bangkok’s MBK centre. The US-original phone is offered around 29,500 bath (US$ 842), while Hongkong-original phone–offers easier way to insert the SIM card–is sold for 35,000 baht.
So, when will Malaysia and Indonesia join the legion to sell iPhone 3G?