Analysts on average had expected the New Delhi-based company, headed by Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal and nearly a third owned by Singapore Telecommunications, to report a net profit of Rs. 9.73 billion.
The Indian telecommunications market, which had been hit by fierce competition and a vicious price war, started improving last year following a court order that revoked the permits of several carriers and reduced competition. Bharti Airtel had reported for the December quarter its first profit rise in four years.
The company operates in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and is the world's fourth-biggest cellular carrier by customers.