Bouygues Telecom 1H sales stagnate

11 Aug 2006

French operator Bouygues Telecom reported a 1% rise in revenues to EUR2.175 billion (USD billion), up from EUR2.144 billion in the corresponding year earlier period, but said that regulator-imposed charges on call termination rates had hit its sales. Without the effects of ARCEP’s price cuts, revenues would have risen by 6%, Bouygues said. The figure excludes the effect of Bouygues Caraibes, sold in April 2006. On a more positive note, the group said mobile subscriber numbers at the end of June were 10% higher than a year earlier, at 8.305 million, of which roughly 70% were on monthly contracts. The company reported success with its ‘Neo’ promotion, a service launched on 1 March which allows unlimited off-net calls and which attracted 334,000 new users in the first six months of the year.

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