Telkom South Africa said fiscal 2010 full year profit fell because of increased competition from mobile operators and lower price increases. Revenue for the twelve months ended 31 March 2010 rose 0.7% to ZAR37.029 billion (USD4.887 billion), while EBITDA fell 15.2% from ZAR11.574 billion to ZAR9.809 billion.
The earnings measure excludes a profit from the sale of its 50% stake in Vodacom Group and ZAR5.2 billion (USD698 million) write-down on its Nigerian unit. Low tariff increases, greater competition in its domestic market and Nigeria, coupled with high, ageing handset stocks and above-inflation wage increases, cut margins.
Voice traffic volumes fell 9.3%. Capital expenditure fell by 44.2% to ZAR5.4 billion during the year.