Iliad sales climb on broadband in 2007

11 Feb 2008

French alternative telecoms operator Iliad has reported full year consolidated revenues of EUR1.21 billion (USD1.75 billion) in 2007, up from EUR935 million the previous year, driven by a strong performance from its broadband unit Free. The ISP reported that sales of broadband access services climbed 36.2% year-on-year to EUR1.18 billion as it amassed 2.9 million ADSL users by the end of the year (including 137,000 in the fourth quarter alone). The popularity of the operator’s value added service (VAS) Freebox helped drive up blended monthly ARPU by one euro to EUR36.3 in Q4, it said. Iliad also reported strong growth for its unbundled services which helped improve subscriber additions for other VAS such as its Free Home Video video-on-demand (VoD) package. On a less positive note, returns from traditional voice telephony products more than halved to EUR34 million in the year. Nonetheless, Iliad has reiterated its intent to sign up around four million high speed internet customers by end-2010 and it hopes to continue increasing its monthly ARPUs in this segment by rolling out new products and add-ons in the future. The altnet says that its short-term goals also include unbundling at least 85% of its network and embarking on the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) on a massive scale.

France, Iliad (Free)