Robi data traffic increased by 47pc

DHAKA : Cellular phone operator Robi has witnessed mobile data traffic increase by 47 percent in last one year and it is also expected to grow after the introduction of 3G service, reports BSS.
In the second quarter (Q2) of 2013, the usage of mobile internet data was 451 million Megabyte (MB), which has been mostly used through smartphone, Robi Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said on Monday at a press conference.
Robi Managing Director and CEO Michael Kuehner, Chief Market Officer Pradeep Shrivastava and Executive Vice President Mahmudur Rahman were present on the occasion.
Mahtab mentioned Robi registered 7 percent subscriber growth in Q2 from the previous quarter. During the period, the company’s reported revenue BDT 11,594 million, up 7.3 percent from the last quarter.
According to figures released by the company the earnings before Interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was up by 2.8 percent from the last quarter.
“The company recorded BDT 4,219 million EBITDA in Q2 of 2013. The EBITDA margin was lower in Q2 from Q1 due to 1.1 million incremental net subscriber additions,” he added.
During Q2, Profit after Tax (PAT) fell by 2 percent to BDT 1,108 million due to lower forex gain from stable currency.
Replying to a query, Michael Kuehner said Robi is well prepared for introduction of 3G services with six month of the license issuance. Robi CEO said Robi recently launched WLAN offer complements its data services.
“In fact, our diversified and attractive device and data offerings should take data growth to a new level,” he added.