13 Key Numbers Investors Should Know About Singapore Telecommunications Limited’s Major Associate, Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel (or just Airtel) is a leading mobile services provider based out of Delhi, India. It also happens to be a major associate of Singapore’s largest telco, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74).

Airtel is an important contributor to Singtel’s profits. As such, investors in Singtel might want to learn more about Airtel. Here are 13 key figures about the Indian telco I picked up from its annual report for its financial year ended 31 March 2016 (FY2015-16):

  1. Airtel is ranked as the number one  telecom operator in India. It is also the number two-ranked telecom operator in Africa. Interestingly, Airtel also has the third largest number of mobile subscribers in the world.
  2. The Indian telco has 342 million subscribers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Africa. Airtel believes that it has a potential subscriber base of two billion after taking into consideration the areas in which it has a presence.
  3. The usage stats for Airtel are immense; there was 597 billion MB of data usage and 1.35 trillion minutes of mobile voice traffic on its networks in FY2015-16.
  4. India and South Asia mobile services accounted for over 55% of Airtel’s sales in FY2015-16 while Africa mobile pitched in with 24.2%. Airtel also has other business segments, namely, Tower Infrastructure, Airtel Business (for enterprises), Telemedia, and Digital TV. But, the non-mobile piece only makes up around 20% of Airtel’s total revenue.
  5. India is in the early stages of expanding its 4G network. In FY2015-16, Airtel expanded its 4G footprint to close to 400 new cities in India. Airtel has big plans for the next three years: It is targeting an expansion to more than 500,000 villages in India and over 160,000 base station deployments.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Chin Hui Leong doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.