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Record increase in subscribers sees SingTel's regional mobile subscriber base reaching 112 million
07 Feb 2007

Three consecutive quarters of record subscriber growth achieved

Singapore, 7 February 2007 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that the aggregate number of mobile subscribers in the region, including its associates, exceeded 112 million as at 31 December 2006.

Compared to the previous quarter, this was an increase of 11.5 million customers. It is the highest quarterly growth in mobile numbers registered by the SingTel Group. It also marks the third consecutive quarter that regional mobile subscribers have increased at a record pace.

Compared to a year ago, the combined mobile subscriber base of SingTel, SingTel Optus and the Group's five regional associates grew 44 per cent.

On a proportionate basis, SingTel's subscriber base in the seven markets - Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand - increased 38 per cent from a year ago to more than 42 million.

The strongest growth came again from Bharti and Telkomsel. As at 31 December 2006, Bharti's total mobile subscriber base was 32 million. It added another record 4.9 million net mobile subscribers in the quarter. On a year-on-year basis, this is a record subscriber growth of 96 per cent. Telkomsel added 3.1 million in net new subscribers in the quarter. Its total mobile subscriber base of 35.6 million represents an increase of 47 per cent increase compared to a year ago.

SingTel Optus continued to defend its market position successfully in Australia. It added 76,000 customers for the quarter, increasing its mobile customer base to 6.68 million. This was a 6 per cent rise year-on-year. As of 31 December 2006, there were 276,000 subscribers provisioned with 3G services.

In Singapore, SingTel had 1.77 million mobile customers as at 31 December 2006, which represented a quarterly increase of 66,000. The number of 3G subscribers reached 367,000. This was a strong increase of more than six times from a year ago and 42% from a quarter ago. The increased affordability of 3G handsets and aggressive handset subsidies offered during the year-end festive promotion period contributed to the strong growth in the quarter.

At a glance

  Aggregate Subscriber Base (million) SingTel's Proportionate Subscriber Base (million)
  Dec 06 Sep 06 Dec 05 Dec 06 Sep 06 Dec 05
Optus 6.68 6.60 6.30 6.68 6.60 6.30
SingTel 1.77 1.70 1.62 1.77 1.70 1.62
SingTel's regional associates 103.83 92.47 69.87 33.70 30.08 22.66
Total 112.28 100.77 77.79 42.14 38.38 30.58

More details of the market and financial performance of the seven mobile operations will be available when SingTel announces its results for the third quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2006 on 8 February 2007.

About SingTel
SingTel, Asia's leading communications group, is reaping the benefits of an international expansion strategy which has been successfully developed over the last 15 years. With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.

SingTel Optus is a leading Australian integrated communications company. Since commencing operations in 1992, Optus has invested more than A$10 billion in the construction of fixed, mobile and satellite networks. Optus' mobile business unit has captured around one third of the total Australian GSM mobile market.

SingTel is a strategic investor in four of the region's most successful mobile operations. It has a 21.41 per cent stake in Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand's largest mobile operator. In India, it has a 30.48 per cent effective interest in Bharti, the country's largest GSM operator. One of SingTel's earliest investments in the region is Globe Telecom in the Philippines. Today, it has a 44.54 per cent stake in the company. SingTel has a 35 per cent stake in Indonesia's largest mobile operator, Telkomsel. It also has a 45 per cent equity stake in Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL).

The SingTel Group had a turnover of S$13.14 billion (US$8.12 billion) and net profit after tax of S$4.16 billion (US$2.57 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2006. More information can be found at www.singtel.com.

Media contacts:

Singapore: Australia:
Andrienne Tho Melissa Favero
Phone: +65 6838 4934 Phone: +612 9342 5030
Mobile: +65 9678 3697  
Email: adirenne@singtel.com Email: melissa.favero@optus.com.au