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Malaysia's Maxis intent on 'building data leadership'

AvantiKumar | May 15, 2013
Q1 2013 results register 4.4% revenue increase over corresponding quarter in 2012.

YM Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda 

File Photo - YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda, Chairman, Maxis Berhad.


Maxis's first quarter 2013 results show a quarter-on-quarter revenue increase of 4.4 percent over 2012,  which amounts to a revenue of RM2,327 million [US$779 million], and also intends to continue building its data leadership, said the Malaysian telco.

The company also recorded healthy growth across all its business segments especially mobile internet, which grew 17.3 percent from a year ago, said Maxis chairman YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda.

Maxis expanded its 4G LTE [long term evolution] footprint since the launch on 1 January 2013, and would increase coverage further in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru by the second quarter, 2013, said Seri Arshad.

 "Our Q1 performance was a result of our continued focus to lead in the data space and build a strong ecosystem of partners to enable us to offer integrated propositions to our customers," he said.

"These efforts saw us optimising our mobile business and capturing growth opportunities in data and the digital world. We can clearly see healthy momentum from our 2012 market initiatives continued bearing fruit," he said. ." Comparing Q1 2013 to Q4 2012 performance, Maxis' revenue grew by 0.9 percent to RM2,327 million [US$779 million] from RM2,306 [US$772 million] million previously."

"Our efforts in introducing innovative data products and improving overall consumer data experience on our network, resulted in strong non-voice revenues, which now stand at 47.8 percent of mobile revenues," said Seri Arshad.. "We have 8.5 million active mobile Internet users with 39 percent of them using smartphones, which we continue to seed in the market, as a result of which nearly 69 percent of our non-voice revenue comes from internet and data services. Overall, Maxis continued to lead the market with a total mobile subscription of 14.1 million,"

 The data business

"Our infrastructure modernisation programme has progressed well in Quarter 1 with LTE networks roll-out on target," he said. "We expect to increase 4G LTE coverage to more areas in the Klang Valley as well as Penang and Johor Bahru by the second quarter of 2013."

"With LTE, we have a strong suite of data spectrum, catering to the growing needs of the customers and providing them with the best digital services," said Seri Arshad. "Maxis already introduced for the first time 4G LTE smartphones including Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL in Q1 2013, followed by Apple devices in April 2013. We will grow the eco-system with more 4G smart devices, exciting content and services for an even richer digital experience for customers."

"Our focus for 2013 is to continue building on our leadership in the data business, put our customers first in everything we do and be the most efficient company," he said. "We will drive growth in our core business while investing in future digital services with continued investment in our infrastructure to meet ever growing customer demand for data access and higher speeds. We will also continue our efforts to grow market share and revenues in the East Coast, Sabah, Sarawak, the migrant and tourist segments."


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