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Media Release
5 August 2003

Hutchison attracts 43,650 subscribers to 3 and delivers second
consecutive half of positive EBITDA for Orange

Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Limited (ASX:HTA) (Hutchison) today announced its half-year results, for the period ended 30 June 2003.

Hutchison Chief Executive Kevin Russell said he was pleased to report ongoing growth in Orange and a strong take-up of recently launched 3 services for video calling, information and entertainment services.

"The last six months have been tremendously exciting for Hutchison. The launch of 3 has clearly been a great success in terms of service delivery and customer acquisition. And Orange mobile continues to deliver steady post-paid customer growth in a tight 2G market," Mr Russell said.

"As at close of business last night, we have more than 43,000 subscribers enjoying the service on 3," Mr Russell said.

"This is a particularly pleasing result as we launched in Sydney and Melbourne in mid April with an entirely new product and without any public visibility of our brand," he said.

"We did not launch in our other markets, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth until 1 July, so the month of July has really been our first month of sales across the breadth of our addressable market.

"We are on track to pass 50,000 customers within the next two weeks, and are focussing on strengthening our service and product offering and expanding our distribution reach in the run-up to Christmas."

Mr Russell said he was also pleased to report steady growth in revenues for Hutchison and Orange, which added more than 15,000 customers in the six months to 30 June.

"Total operating revenue is up 16% compared to the corresponding period last year, due to the launch of 3 and an 8% growth in Orange Mobile revenue. Ongoing costs discipline has meant we have been able to deliver our target of a second consecutive half of positive EBITDA, coming in at $12.2 million for the half to 30 June.

"We have also maintained tight control on Orange capital expenditure, reducing spending from $31.1 million in the full year 2002 to $2.3 million in the first half of this year."

Key financial results for the half-year included:

  • Total operating revenue of $130.5 million, an increase of 16% on the previous corresponding half-year

  • Net loss for the half-year of $129.4 million


  • Orange Mobile business contributed $101.7 million to total revenue

  • For the second consecutive half, Orange reported a positive EBITDA result. EBITDA for the current half-year was $12.2 million, compared with $2.1 million in the previous half.

  • 5.8% growth in Orange Mobile subscriber base, to a total of 278,861 Orange customers


  • 3 reported its first revenue results of $13.6 million since launch on 15 April

  • EBITDA loss of $76.4 million, reflecting start-up losses consistent with the business' early stage of development

  • Subscribers to 3 were 43,650 as at 4 August 2003


    For more information, contact:

    Liz Rex
    Media Relations Manager
    Hutchison Telecoms
    02 9964 4831
    0425 284 834