Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has a healthy-sounding tablet offer, while Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), Iliad (Euronext: ILD) and TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) all reveal their first quarter financials in today's parade of Euro telecom headlines.
Live in Spain? Fancy a "free" tablet? Walk this way. Spanish giant Telefónica, through its Movistar (Spain) mobile unit, is offering ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)'s Light Pro Android tablet for precisely €0 (si -- nada!!) if customers sign up to a €49 (US$72.8) per month plan. (Ah, there's always a catch...) (See Telefonica Offers Low-Cost Tablet With ZTE.)
French competitive operator Iliad, better known by its brand name Free, reported its best quarter for four years in terms of new customer additions. The triple-play services specialist boosted its customer base by 154,000, taking it to 4.66 million. Like its main rival Orange (NYSE: FTE), which reported its first-quarter numbers on Tuesday, Iliad's financials were adversely affected by a recent rise in VAT on triple-play services and a decline in fixed-line termination rates. (See Iliad Reports Q1, International Mobile Rates Sky-High and FTTH Strategies Need Revamp, Says Analyst.)
It's steady as she goes for Danish incumbent TDC, which increased revenues (by 0.9 percent) and EBITDA (by 1.2 percent), despite the loss of fixed-line customers and fierce competition on the mobile front. High spots were the performance of its Nordic units and its TV segment. (See TDC Reports Q1, TDC Reports Q4, Full Year and TDC Sells Swiss Sunrise for $3.2B.)