M1 profit grows 1.5% in 2015

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Singapore's M1 grew its 2015 net profit by 1.5% to S$178.5 million ($124.3 million) despite a 1.1% dip in service revenue.

Revenue decreased to S$822.3 million, with M1 attributing the decline to lower international call services earnings.

But operating revenue increased 7.5% to S$1.16 billion on the back of solid handset sales. Mobile data revenue grew by 10.7 percentage points to account for 46.3% of service revenue, while fixed service revenue grew 21.7% to S$85.9 million on residential customer wins.

M1 ended 2015 with a total customer base of 2.06 million, after adding 46,000 postpaid, 30,000 prepaid and 25,000 fiber customers.

Looking ahead to the current year, M1 said that based on the current economic outlook it is expecting a flat performance for the current year.

“The entry of OTT content providers such as Netflix and Viu, offering a large library of on-demand content at low monthly subscription, will effectively unbundle content from access. This will further level the playing field,” M1 CEO Karen Kooi commented.

“Products and services are increasingly incorporating embedded sensors and connectivity. To capitalize on these opportunities, we will continue to develop our capability in data analytics with real-time feedback and leverage on our M2M Connect platform to deliver smart solutions for our customers.”

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