Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkey less than delighted by 4G; Zuckerberg likes the EU Digital Single Market; TalkTalk's FTTH plan.
Iliad (Euronext: ILD), the French operator that has put the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons with its low-price offer, is still stealing market share from its more established rivals, according to its first-quarter results statement. Revenue was 7% year-on-year to almost €1.1 billion (US$1.2 billion), while mobile subscriptions, through its Free Mobile brand, went up by a massive 420,000 in the quarter. This contrasts with rival SFR , which is shedding mobile customers, and Bouygues Telecom , which is still losing money. The only slight shadow fell on the broadband side, where average revenue per user fell to €34.70, reflecting, said the operator, the impact of promotional offers. (See Iliad Plans Next Assault on French Rivals and Numericable-SFR Raises Profit Targets.)
Turkey has postponed its 4G spectrum auction for three months, reports Reuters, a decision perhaps not entirely unconnected to President Tayyip Erdogan's pronouncement that his country should skip the whole 4G thing and move straight to 5G. "Within two years Turkey will be on 5G. Otherwise, it will be a garbage dump with 4G. Let's be patient and jump from 3G to 5G. Can we do this? We definitely can," he said. Two years? What does the Prez know that no-one else in the industry does? (See 5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?.)
UK broadband operator TalkTalk says it has had "positive" discussions about raising capital for a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout covering about 10 million premises in "Tier 2" cities. The company is currently building an FTTH network covering 20,000 homes in York in partnership with Sky , a broadband rival, and CityFibre , which owns and operates fiber networks in a number of UK towns. It plans to launch Gigabit-speed services in York this fall. CityFibre's assets would make it an ideal partner for a more widespread FTTH rollout, but the company had not responded to questions about its involvement in that project at the time of publication. (See CityFibre, TalkTalk & Sky to Speed Up York FTTH Rollout and TalkTalk's Small Fiber Beginnings.)