Uninor achieves break-even in Gujarat, to add 500 sites

Uninor achieves break-even in Gujarat, to add 500 sites New Delhi: Telecom operator Uninor Monday said it has achieved break-even in Gujarat circle and will be setting up additional 500 tower sites in the region by June 2013 as part of its expansion plans.

"Uninor’s low-cost operating model together with its success with a basic services focus for the mass market has resulted in the company achieving its break-even in the Gujarat circle," the company said in a statement.

It added the company achieved this milestone within three years of start of operations.

Stating that it will invest further in expanding its operations in Gujarat, Uninor said , "The first such expansion will now come with an additional 500 new network sites to be set up by June 2013 and during the second half of this year Uninor will go for further one more round of expansion."

The company last year won spectrum to offer mobile phone services in six of the 22 telecom services areas for Rs 4,018 crore.

"We also prove that profitability does not require expensive tariffs or complex high-end services. In fact, achieving profitability now further strengthens Uninor?s ability to continue offering the most affordable tariffs to the mass market and invest further in growing its operations in Gujarat," Uninor CEO Yogesh Malik said.

The company said with break-even in Gujarat, two of its six operating circles have achieved the EBITDA break-even milestone.

The company has targeted an EBITDA and subsequently a cash-flow break-even in all its circles within the current calendar year.

PTI