France Télécom reports mixed fortunes in the UK

29 Apr 2005

France Télécom’s main UK operating subsidiaries have reported mixed fortunes in the first quarter of 2005, with ISP Wanadoo UK boosting its broadband subscriber numbers but seeing its overall customer base decline, whilst cellco Orange UK saw a marked drop in revenues. Wanadoo had 717,000 broadband users at the end of March 2005, up 525,000 in twelve months, but its total base fell by 9% over the year to 2.4 million as more of its dial-up customers moved to rival ISPs rather than upgrade to its own high speed services. Orange UK ended the period with 14.33 million subscribers, up from 14.22 million at the start of the year, of which 76.4% were pre-paid users. However, revenues declined by 4.3% year-on-year, despite strong growth in the use of data services, income from which was up 9.4% to 19.3% of Orange UK’s revenues.

United Kingdom, EE, Orange Horizons (South Africa, Italy, Portugal)