Telecom sector revenue swells over to Rs 197b

STAFF REPORT IBD: Half yearly revenues of the telecom sector have reached all-time high of Rs 197.68 billion during the first half (July-December 2011) of current financial year. The second quarter revenues for telecom sector stood at 99.4 billion, thats all time high in a quarter, registering a growth of 9.1 percent over the corresponding quarter in previous year.
The statistics of PTA show that this growth in telecom revenues, despite declining ARPUs and stiff competition, is due to higher usage of telecom services in addition to service charges that telecom operators have been imposing over last one year or so.
The revenues of telecom sector can be divided into voice and data. With the increasing use of data services in the country, estimated data revenues of telecom operators are on the rise and have reached Rs. 25.9 billion during July-Dec 2011.
Overall, the share of data revenue in total telecom revenues has reached 12.4 percent in Oct-December 2012, up from 11.1 percent an year ago in Oct-Dec 2011.

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