Vodafone Qatar quarterly losses narrow

Telco says performance boosted by growth in subscriber base and revenue per user

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Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Vodafone Group, reported a narrowing third-quarter loss on Wednesday as its subscriber base rose by a quarter and revenue per user grew.

Vodafone, which ended Qatar Telecom's (Qtel) domestic monopoly in 2009, made a third-quarter net loss of QR87.1m ($23.92m) in the three months to December 31, according to Reuters calculations.

That compares with a loss of QR122.1m in the year-earlier period. The operator's financial year starts on April 1.

Quarterly revenue was QR395.6m, up from QR315.8m a year ago.

Vodafone Qatar launched post-paid contract services in June, which the operator hopes will help woo subscribers from Qtel and improve margins. Customers on post-paid contracts are typically wealthier and spend more on telecoms as well as being less likely to switch operators.

Vodafone had 1 million mobile customers as of December 31, up 26 percent from a year earlier.

Third-quarter average revenue per user (ARPU), a key metric for the telecom sector, was QR121, up 8.4 percent year-on-year.

Vodafone, which owns 23 percent of Vodafone Qatar, in November extended a contract to manage its Qatari affiliate until 2018.

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