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Bharti Airtel Second-Quarter Profit Plunges 77 Percent

Revenue of the company, which operates in 17 countries across Asia and Africa, fell 11.7 percent to 217.77 billion rupees

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Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's top telecom operator, posted a near 77 percent fall in second-quarter profit, hurt by fierce competition in the country's telecom sector after the entry of an upstart rival.

Profit fell to 3.43 billion rupees ($52.98 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30 from 14.61 billion rupees a year earlier, the New Delhi-based company said on Tuesday.

This was above an average expectation of 3.03 billion rupees, Thomson Reuters data showed.

Revenue of the company, which operates in 17 countries across Asia and Africa, fell 11.7 percent to 217.77 billion rupees.

The fortunes of operators, such as Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have been battered by sharply discounted plans and free services offered by Reliance Industries' Jio telecoms unit, backed by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani,that was launched last year.


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