Batelco has posted a 10.8% year-on-year rise in net profit to BHD27.4 million (USD72.7 million) for the first quarter of 2008, on revenues that were driven up 17.4% by overseas operations to BHD78.1 million. A company official said that the Bahraini former monopoly achieved a milestone of over 700,000 mobile subscribers in the Kingdom by the end of March, whilst its consolidated group mobile user base reached 3.3 million. Foreign operations now contribute approximately a third of Batelco’s revenues and more than 20% of its operating income.
Batelco also announced that its pre-paid wireless customers can now enjoy mobile broadband services on handsets, laptops and datacard-equipped devices at maximum downstream connection speeds of 3.6Mbps. The operator has expanded its HSDPA-based O-Net Mobile Broadband service to the pre-paid segment following a contract-only launch at the beginning of this year.