Airtel Digital TV adds 339,000 subscribers in 2Q 2015

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 
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NEW DELHI, India — Bharti Airtel Limited (“Bharti Airtel” or “the Company”) today announced its audited consolidated IFRS results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Digital TV Services

As on June 30, 2015, the Company had its Digital TV operations in 639 districts. DTH had 10.4 million customers at the end of the quarter, which represents an increase of 10.9% as compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Net customer additions for Digital TV during the quarter were 339,038.

Customer Base (000’s)

                                           Q-o-Q             Y-o-Y
                      Jun 2015  Mar 2015  Growth  Jun 2014  Growth
                      --------  --------  ------  --------  ------
Digital TV Services     10,412    10,073    3.4%     9,388   10.9%

Operational Performance – India – Digital TV

                                        Jun 30,  Mar 31,  Dec 31,  Sep 30,  Jun 30,
Parameter                        Unit     2015     2015     2014     2014     2014
-------------------------------  ----  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------
Customers                        000s   10,412   10,073    9,810    9,540    9,388
Net additions                    000s      339      263      270      151      376
Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)    Rs      222      214      214      220      214
Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)    US      3.5      3.4      3.5      3.6      3.6

Monthly Churn                       %     0.8%     1.0%     1.0%     1.1%     0.6%

During the quarter, Airtel Digital TV announced the launch of its first indigenously manufactured set-top-boxes. The “Made in India” set-top-boxes will be available in HD to begin with and soon all of Airtel Digital TV‟s set-top-boxes will be manufactured in India. With this, Airtel Digital TV has become the latest corporate to join the Govt‟s Make in India initiative contributing to its growing proliferation across sectors. The launch also provides the much needed impetus to build an ecosystem that will drive indigenous manufacturing of DTH set-top-boxes empowered with production capabilities as well as technical expertise within India.