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SingTel Q3 profits, revenue fall on the back of investments in networks

Published on Feb 14, 2013 9:46 AM
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, Southeast Asia's largest telecom operator, reported on Thursday a worse-than-expected 8.3 per cent fall in third quarter net profit and reiterated its forecast for a fall in revenues this year. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Investments in networks, business expansion as well as weaker foreign currencies pushed SingTel's net profit down by 8 per cent to $827 million for the third quarter ended Dec 31.

Group revenue also fell 5 per cent to $4.6 billion. In Singapore, revenue grew 1 per cent to $1.7 billion driven by contributions from its new digital services and continued strength of its mobile and infocomm technology businesses.

Revenue from mobile services increased 3 per cent to $507 million as SingTel added 63,000 mobile customers in Singapore in the quarter. This brings its total customer base to 3.76 million as at Dec 31, making it the leading Singapore telco with a 46.6 per cent market share.

Among its key investments are plans to achieve islandwide coverage of the next-generation 4G networks in Singapore by the end of March this year.

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