Bharti Airtel Q2 profit falls 29.8%
"We have lost about 40 per cent pricing power in the last 12 quarters. Given the inflation that has hit this country over the last 12 quarters, least we deserve is to go back to the levels we were at," Bharti Airtel CEO for India and South Asia Sanjay Kapoor told reporters here.
The company said network cost had increased so as competition, putting pressure on margins.
"Otherwise we are never going to sort of money that everybody expects us to make and replough that back in to business," he added.
On overall performance of the company during the July-September 2012 quarter, Kapoor said, "Despite the seasonally most weak quarter, I think this performance is satisfactory."
Total income of the company during the reported quarter was up by 17.4 per cent at Rs 20,283.2 crore compared to Rs 17,276.4 crore for the corresponding period in previous financial year.
The average revenue the company earns from a user stood at Rs 177 per month in the reported quarter, compared to Rs 183 in the same period last year and Rs 185 in the April-June 2012 quarter.
As on September 30, 2012, overall customer base of the Bharti Airtel stood at 262.6 million, across 20 countries.
This includes 251.8 million wireless customers which took Airtel amongst the top four global operators in terms of subscribers base.