The company had registered a net profit of Rs 1,436 crore for the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Airtel said in a statement.

The country's largest telecom player said its bottom line was hit by exceptional items that include a charge of Rs 115.2 crore towards operating costs on network refarming and upgradation programme, Rs 231.3 crore on restructuring activities in some countries and interest costs, among others.

The company further said that net interest costs of Rs 1,360 crore for the quarter have risen from Rs 492 crore in the year-ago period.

The total revenue, however, rose 3.7 percent to Rs 24,066 crore for the said period as compared with Rs 23,217 crore a year earlier.

Net finance costs at Rs 1,391 crore were higher by Rs 345.9 crore primarily on account of higher spectrum related interest cost in India.

Airtel's mobile data revenue for India registered a growth of 50.6 percent at Rs 3,184 crore, led by increase in the data customer base by 29.9 percent and traffic by 73.3 percent.

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