A deeper look into how Malaysia’s Big Three mobile operators performed in 2015 shows that 2016 is going to be another interesting year for the industry, writes Goh Thean Eu.
Digi reported a decline in net profit and revenue for both its Q4 and full year ended Dec 31, 2015, and this looks to have been caused by a hit in its migrant worker segment.
Maxis reported a 38% jump in Q4 net profit, driven mainly by its growing prepaid and postpaid business even while those segments saw a decline in subscribers.
DNA editor Goh Thean Eu crunches the telco numbers, and comes up with a surprise or two.
Digi Bhd has entered into an alliance with Google Malaysia that will allow their customers who want to purchase apps and content on Google Play Store to directly debit their postpaid bills or via the deduction of their prepaid airtime balance.
Maxis Bhd has introduced a mobile phone purchasing scheme that removes the upfront payment for the device and lets subscribers upgrade their phones every 12 months instead of 24 months, turning it into a more flexible installment payment programme.
Continuing our Telco Deep Dive series, Goh Thean Eu looks at the leadership changes in Malaysia’s mobile space, with jostling over prepaid and postpaid customers, even as SMS revenue plunged.
Newcomer U Mobile may be only the No 4 mobile operator in Malaysia, but it has been slowly creeping up on the ‘Big 3’ and its CEO Wong Heang Tuck believes it can close the gap even further this year. Goh Thean Eu has the story.
Singapore’s telecommunications players, which saw total mobile revenue grow by about 2% last year, are braced for a challenging 2015 with their Q1 numbers showing signs of weaker growth ahead. DNA editor Goh Thean Eu does some number-crunching.
Digi Telecommunications celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 15, with special promotions for its customers.