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|DTAC post a record growth of 1.46 million new subscribers|
Underlying service revenue and profit up 7.4% and 24% from Q1 last year
April 26, 2007 – DTAC announced record subscriber growth of 1.46 million in the first quarter, bringing the companys total subscribers to 13.3 million, of which 2.3 million were postpaid and 11 million were prepaid subscribers. Underlying service revenue went up 7.4%, with reported service revenues up 34.5% to 15.9 billion baht which now includes revenues generated from interconnection. Net profit rose 24% YoY to 1.6 billion baht.
The company was also positive about a decline in price war and expected to see a sustainable market growth this year.
Chief Executive Officer Sigve Brekke said during the first three months, all major operators had introduced more on-net offerings and adjusted their off-net pricings two very positive signs that service pricing would become more rational, thanks to the implementation of interconnection charge. The expanded direct links coupled with on-net campaigns had also improved traffic imbalance.
The company projected that the market would continue to grow by up to 10 million subscribers this year. The majority of new mobile users were believed to come mainly from the rural market. It forecasted that the mobile penetration could hit 90% within the next two years
To capitalize on the huge potential in the provinces, the company set to spend approximately 12 billion baht in rolling out around 1,000 new base stations, following a significant expansion of 1,155 new base stations last year. Apart from boosting up basic voice usage, the company plans to penetrate underserved non-voice and data market by deploying EDGE technology on all existing base stations by the end of May, making it the first operator with nationwide EDGE coverage in Thailand. EDGE technology, a major stepping stone towards 3G technology, enabled mobile users to enjoy four time speed faster than what they currently did.
We strongly believe in the industry and the overall Thai economy. The first quarters growth confirms our belief that there are still huge growth potential in both voice and non-voice services. With solid financial and market positions, we hope to continue to be the preferred service provider in the eyes of Thai consumers, said Sigve.