Vodafone NZ's annual revenue dips as competition mounts
By Paul McBeth
May 20 (BusinessDesk) - Global telecommunications firm Vodafone Group has reported a dip in its New Zealand revenue amid
The New Zealand unit reported a 2.6 percent decline in service revenue in the 12 months ended March 31 "as a result of
aggressive competition," offsetting gains in other Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific nations, the London Stock
Exchange parent said in a statement. The New Zealand unit's performance also weighed on the region's earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.
While revenue was down, the New Zealand division lifted its contract mobile base 4.6 percent in the year, and the parent
company said its fixed line assets, purchased from TelstraClear in 2012, "benefited from continued uptake of VDSL, TV
and unlimited broadband."
Vodafone New Zealand, the country's biggest mobile phone operator, posted a loss of $27.9 million in the 2014 financial
year, its first loss in 13 years, even as revenue climbed 16 percent to $2.06 billion.
The carrier added 32,000 connections in the March quarter, taking it to 2.36 million customers as at March 31, of which
63.5 percent were on prepay plans. Vodafone has been losing customers in an increasingly competitive landscape since Two
Degrees Mobile entered the market in 2009, grabbing 23 percent of the market by customers and 17 percent by revenue.
Vodafone's New Zealand unit reported 409,000 fixed broadband customers as at March 31, down from 424,000 three months
earlier as it disconnected a net 1,000 customers and removed 14,000 other customers as a result of restating its
The mobile operator acquired the fixed-line business in October 2012, expecting to slash back-office duplication, use
TelstraClear's backhaul and transmission services, and cut its reliance on Chorus. It amalgamated that unit into the
wider New Zealand group in March last year, valuing the assets at $843.6 million.