Margins, Market Shares Rise at Indian Telcos

A research report by UBS Securities shows that there is a strong correlation between margins and revenue market share of telecom operators in India and indeed, in all of Asia. In India, the UBS research focused on the top three telecom operators in India in terms of revenue: Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, and the figures are per the table below:

Telecom Operators Revenue Market Share EBITDA Margin
Bharti Airtel 30.3 percent 38.9 percent
Vodafone India 21.3 percent 31.1 percent
Idea Cellular 19.4 percent 27.8 percent

Telecom Lead says the report indicates that the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular will increase EBITDA margins for both operators.

This correlation is also seen across telecom operators in the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Australia.

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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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