Bharti Airtel’s tower unit Bharti Infratel reported a 23 per cent jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 507 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, riding on the back of operators’ focus on fast roll-out of data networks.
The company had reported a net profit of Rs 411 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.
Consolidated revenue of the tower firm rose eight per cent to Rs 2,949 crore for the reported period as compared to Rs 2,731 crore for the same period last year.
“Telecom sector in India is witnessing a rapidly growing demand for data and high speed internet access. The operators have already invested significant amount for data spectrum and are likely to increase it further in forthcoming auctions,” Bharti Infratel Chairman Akhil Gupta said in a statement.
Encouraged by surging demand for data across the country and to monetise this significant investment, the operators have already stepped up the rollout of the data networks, he added.
“We expect this to further accelerate in the ensuing years,” he said.
The total tower base of the company stood at 85,064 as on December 31, 2014 along with 4,478 co-locations, while the average sharing factor increased to 2.08 from 1.96 in the same period last year.
The company’s consolidated operating free cash flow for the quarter was at Rs 673 crore, a decline of five per cent over the corresponding period last year.