Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC), Thailand’s number two mobile operator by subscribers, has announced financial and operational results for the three months to end-September 2013. Total revenues were up 0.9% year-on-year in the third quarter to THB21.37 billion (USD687 million), with service revenues jumping 10.2% to THB17.39 billion excluding interconnect. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 7.5% to THB7.15 billion, though net profit was down 4.7% at THB2.75 billion, with the decline attributed to higher depreciation and amortisation expenses and foreign exchange losses due to exchange rate fluctuations in the period.
The operator added 239,424 net new mobile subscribers in the third quarter to take its total customer base to 27.5 million at the end of September. This includes 3.7 million on the 2100MHz ‘TriNet’ 3G network which was launched in July this year to complement DTAC’s older 850MHz 3G system. The company says it is on schedule to achieve its target of having ten million subscribers on the new network by the end of 2013. Blended average revenue per user (ARPU) fell 1% year-on-year to THB231 due to lower average rate per minute.