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- NTT DoCoMo ADRs (NYSE:DCM) are up 5.5% in U.S. trading after the Japanese mobile firm beat earnings expectations and grew subscribers, smartphone penetration and high-speed data in its Q2 report.
- On a GAAP basis, its EPS of ¥43.48 beat an expected ¥32.30. Revenue was flat and EBITDA of ¥380.97B was 8% better than an expected ¥352.85B.
- Revenue by segment: Telecommunications, ¥878.6B (down 3.1%); Smart Life business, ¥117.1B (up 17.5%); Other, ¥87.1B (up 14.7%).
- Overall, cellular subscriptions rose more than 6%, to 67.5M. The company said at quarter's end it had 32.6M LTE subscribers, up 35.6% Y/Y. Premium 4G service (LTE-Advanced) is now available in 292 cities in Japan.
- Handsets sold rose 11.8%, to 5.77M units. Churn rate was 0.59%, down from the prior year's 0.6%.
- Aggregate average revenue per user was ¥4,010 (down 4.8%). As part of that, Voice ARPU was down 16.4% to ¥1,120; Data ARPU was up 0.7% to ¥2,890; and Packet ARPU was flat at ¥2,870.
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- Japan's NTT DoCoMo (DCM +5.5%) is surging on news it will try to unload its 26% stake in India's Tata Teleservices, following five years of losses plagued by telecom license cancellations in a corruption probe and repeated delays in rolling out high-speed networks.
- Tata may be an attractive asset for a new entrant hoping to crack the Indian market or an existing large player looking to add market share, but some analysts say they are few potential buyers with the cash to strike a deal.
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- China Unicom (CHU +0.6%) says its iPhone 5S/5C (AAPL -2.6%) reservations have topped 100K since it began taking them last week. Last year, Unicom took 200K+ iPhone 5 reservations in the phone's first two days of availability.
- Meanwhile, China Telecom (CHA +2.5%) has cut its iPhone subsidies. A subscriber signing up for an RMB289/month ($47/month) plan will get an iPhone 5S subsidy of RMB2890, 15% less than the RMB3400 subsidy it provided for the iPhone 5. It's worth noting CHA's ARPU is below $10.
- The Chinese figures come amidst sharp criticism of the 5C's unsubsidized pricing, which starts at $735 in China. For reference, upstart Xiaomi's new Mi3 flagship Android phone (5" 1080p display, 13MP camera) starts at $327 in the Middle Kingdom.
- On the other hand, Japanese carriers are aggressively subsidizing the 5S in the wake of NTT DoCoMo's (DCM +0.7%) iPhone deal. DoCoMo, SoftBank (SFTBF.PK), and KDDI are each providing the 5S for free with 2-year contracts for certain plans.
- Kantar Japan recently estimated 2/3 of DoCoMo subs who have been leaving the carrier ended up buying an iPhone.
- Also: Bernstein thinks Apple could still come out with a cheaper iPhone in the form of a sub-$400 iPhone 4C that puts the iPhone 4's components inside a 5C body.
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