Euronews: EE Sees 4G Take-up Double in Q2

Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), Telekomunikacja Polska SA and Transmode Systems AB loom large in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • U.K. mobile joint venture EE seems in buoyant mood despite seeing second-quarter service revenues slip 4.4 percent year-on-year to £2.84 billion (US$4.36 billion). The fall was largely attributable to mobile termination rate and roaming cuts, and cost savings translated into a 9.1 percent growth in adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) for the first six months. The operator, which has had a significant head start in the provision of 4G services in the U.K., also pointed to a doubling in 4G take-up in the second quarter as a reason to be cheerful. The operator says it had 687,000 4G customers at the end of June. (See Euronews: 4G Gives EE a Capital Edge, Euronews: EE Reveals 4G Uptake and EE Gets Smart With Its LTE Assets.)

  • Orange's Polish unit, TPSA, is having a change of leadership following a run of disappointing results, reports Reuters. Maciej Witucki, who has been chief executive for several years, is being replaced by Bruno Duthoit. The operator reported second-quarter net profits down 70 percent year-on-year in its most recent results.

  • The European Commission has backed down over plans to challenge Hungary's tax on telcos, reports Reuters. An unfavorable ruling by the EU Court of Justice in a similar case in France apparently persuaded the EC to change its mind.

  • Second-quarter net profits are up 16 percent to 40.4 million Swedish kroner ($6.26 million) at Swedish transport equipment vendor Transmode Systems, with increased business in the Asia/Pacific region partly attributing for the positive trend. (See Hutchison Global Picks Transmode for 100G and Transmode Wins Deal in Malaysia.)

  • U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk, which last year nailed its colors to the YouView pay-TV platform, added 160,000 YouView customers during its fiscal first quarter, and saw revenue grow 1.7 percent year-on-year to £421 million ($646 million).

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Ray Le Maistre 7/24/2013 | 12:45:51 PM
    re: Euronews: EE Sees 4G Take-up Double in Q2 So by the time any of the other UK mobile operators get their 4G services to market, EE is going to have between 750k and 1 million LTE users..... that's not insubstantial, and it'll be a while before any of those customers can churn.
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