Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
MTS’ market share in Uzbekistan was at 46% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to 49%, Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems OJSC said on 11 March. The revenue of MTS-Uzbekistan made up US$115.7 million in the fourth quarter and US$391.4 million in 2008.
The company said the revenue increased by 12% in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 58% in 2008 against 2007.
The company said approximately 600,000 new subscribers were added in Uzbekistan in the reporting period. Total number of subscribers made up 5.65 million users, the company said. During the quarter mobile penetration in Uzbekistan increased from 38% to 44%.
OIBDA up 54% year-on-year to US$242.9 million in 2008. The company said OIBDA margin was 62.1%. The fourth quarter net income grew by 11.6% year-on-year to US$34.6 million and decreased by 20.5% compared to the third quarter. Net income of MTS-Uzbekistan in 2008 was US$150.3 million or up 67% year-on-year.
Operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) represents operating income before depreciation and amortization. OIBDA margin is defined as OIBDA as a percentage of net revenues.
The MOU decreased sequentially in the third quarter 2008 to 497 minutes from 525 minutes in the third quarter of 2008. However, the MOU grew from 516 minutes in 2007 to 536 minutes in 2008. Average monthly minutes of usage per subscriber (MOU) is calculated by dividing the total number of minutes of usage during a given period by the average number of our subscribers during the period and dividing by the number of months in that period.
ARPU decreased from US$10 in the end of fourth quarter of 2007 to US$7.2 in the same period of 2008. ARPU fell from US$9.7 in 2007 to US$7.7 in 2008. Average monthly service revenue per subscriber (ARPU) is calculated by dividing service revenues for a given period, including interconnect and guest roaming fees, by the average number of our subscribers during that period and dividing by the number of months in that period.
SAC increased sequentially from US$4.8 in the fourth quarter of 2007 to US$8.7 in the same period of 2008. SAC also increased from 4.3 in the end of 2007 to US$7.7 in 2008. Subscriber acquisition cost (SAC) is total sales and marketing expenses and handset subsidies for a given period. Sales and marketing expenses include advertising expenses and commissions to dealers. SAC per gross additional subscriber is calculated by dividing SAC during a given period by the total number of gross subscribers added by us during the period.
MTS’ expenditure on property, plant and equipment in the fourth quarter totalled US$35 million in Uzbekistan. The company spent approximately $6 million on the purchase of intangible assets in Uzbekistan.