SK Telecom Q3 profit falls 15.6%

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SK Telecom has reported a 15.6% year-on-year decline in net profit for the third quarter to 322.1 billion won ($281 million), due to factors including the impact of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall.

Operating revenue fell 0.4% to 4.24 trillion won due to a decrease in revenues at retail unit PS&M following the recall. ARPU also declined 2.1% year-on-year and 0.8% sequentially to 35,471 won.

But revenue from SK Telecom and subsidiaries SK Broadband and SK Planet all increased quarter-on-quarter, and net income grew 10.7% over the same period due to equity-method income from semiconductor division SK Hynix.

The operator added around 301,000 new subscribers during the quarter, taking its total to nearly 29.5 million. Of these, over 20.5 million are LTE subscribers, a penetration rate of 69.8% Monthly churn decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 1.4%.

SK Telecom revealed that its mobile navigation T Map grew to reach 9.18 million monthly users by the end of September, around three months after its launch

Looking ahead, the operator said it is focused on strengthening its core competitiveness as a mobile network operator, while using its nationwide LoRa and LTE-M IoT networks to deploy services that enhance customer convenience.

“We expect that our strategy to fully open up major platforms including T Map and T Phone will lead to a successful outcome in the mid-to long-term,” SK Telecom CFO and head of strategy and planning Hwang Keun-joo said.

“SK Telecom will accelerate its transformation into a next-generation platform company and keep developing customer-oriented products and services.”

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