Bharti Airtel, India's top telecommunications carrier, said its quarterly net profit rose for the first time in four years but was sharply lower than forecast.
Bharti Airtel, nearly a third owned by Southeast Asia's top phone carrier SingTel, said it was helped by lower competition and an increase in voice call prices.
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Its consolidated net profit was 6.10 billion rupees ($97.4 million) for the fiscal third quarter ended December from 2.84 billion rupees a year earlier. Net income before exceptional items was 8.32 billion rupees, Bharti said in a statement.
Analysts had expected a net profit of 10.44 billion rupees for the New Delhi-based company that operates mobile phone services in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.