OSLO, May 4 (Reuters) -
** Earnings margins in Telenor's extensive Asian operations
are lifted by the ongoing growth in mobile broadband usage in
the region, Chief Executive Sigve Brekke said during the
company's first-quarter earnings presentation on Thursday
** "The data growth is giving us a better margin than voice,
and that is the main reason why we are able to grow the EBITDA."
** "The smartphone penetration in these markets is still
low, especially in Bangladesh and Pakistan, so we foresee a
continuous growth in the data segment in these markets."
** "The data increase is driven by more and cheaper
smartphones in the market. You can now get a decent smartphone
at around 30 dollars in these markets, which is a 20 percent
reduction in the smart phone prices year over year."
** "The emerging Asian market was the growth star in the
** "We have added 10 million data users during the last
** "We are continuing to roll out 3G in Bangladesh, 4G in
Pakistan and also starting to roll out 4G in Myanmar."
** "We have now moved up the population coverage on our
network in Myanmar from 62 percent to 90 percent coverage by the
end of the first quarter."
(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg, editing by Terje Solsvik)