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Vodafone Qatar Reports Narrowing Q3 Loss

Vodafone Qatar Reports Narrowing Q3 Loss

A 26 per cent rise in customers helps the operator trim its losses.


Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Vodafone Group, reported a narrowing third-quarter loss on Wednesday as its subscriber base rose by a quarter and revenue per user grew.

Vodafone, which ended Qatar Telecom’s (Qtel) domestic monopoly in 2009, made a third-quarter net loss of 87.1 million riyals ($23.92 million) in the three months to December 31, according to Reuters calculations.

That compares with a loss of 122.1 million riyals in the year-earlier period. The operator’s financial year starts on April 1.

Quarterly revenue was 395.6 million riyals, up from 315.8 million riyals a year ago.

Vodafone Qatar launched post-paid contract services in June, which the operator hopes will help woo subscribers from Qtel and improve margins. Customers on post-paid contracts are typically wealthier and spend more on telecoms as well as being less likely to switch operators.

Vodafone had 1 million mobile customers as of December 31, up 26 per cent from a year earlier.

Third-quarter average revenue per user (ARPU), a key metric for the telecom sector, was 121 riyals, up 8.4 per cent year-on-year.

Vodafone, which owns 23 per cent of Vodafone Qatar, in November extended a contract to manage its Qatari affiliate until 2018.


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