Former monopoly operator France Télécom (FT) has reported that its total revenues for the first quarter of 2005 rose to EUR11.6 billion, up 3.5% from the corresponding period last year on an actual basis and 1% on a pro forma basis. Arguably the most impressively performing segment was FT’s broadband unit, whose customer base grew 91% across Europe, while in its domestic market the French telco took a 49% share of new ADSL customers in the quarter. FT’s wireless holdings – primarily via wholly owned subsidiary Orange – also saw strong customer growth, with the total number of customers managed by the group climbing 14% in the quarter to reach 64.3 million. Capital expenditure in the quarter went up by 29% as a result of increased deployment of fixed line broadband and EDGE for wireless networks. FT eventually intends to provide 85% EDGE coverage of the French population; W-CDMA and/or EDGE offerings are planned for mid-2005 at the latest for the other European countries in which Orange is present.