Postpaid handset customers grew by 127,000 in the quarter, which was slightly offset by a 29,000 subscriber decline in the less profitable prepaid segment.
Greater mobile revenue, NBN migration payments and one-off payments received for disputes helped Optus lift net profit by 39 per cent in the three months to December 31 to $262 million. Underlying profit was up 25 per cent to $239 million.
Mr Lew said continuing investment in Optus' network, handset promotions and a mix of quality content helped drive the strong mobile result.
Mr Lew confirmed Optus was in discussions with Cricket Australia and was eyeing a greater package than it has now, as revealed by the >Financial Review in August. Optus is Cricket Australia's mobile streaming partner and has rights to classic matches and replay matches which it airs on Optus Sport, via pay TV provider Fetch.
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