For the first time in over ten years Telekom Austria has reported a quarterly rise in total access lines, with 2.314 million at the end of December 2009, compared to 2.309 million three months earlier. The company attributed the turn in fortunes to the continued strong uptake of product bundles, such as the company’s aonSuperKombi, which offers triple-services for EUR24.90 (USD35.32) per month. Year-on-year the total of access lines declined marginally, however, down from 2.33 million in December 2008. The company enjoyed strong annual growth in the broadband and aonTV segments in the year ended 31 December 2009, with 1.02 million broadband customers and 101,300 aonTV subscribers, up from 885,700 and 63,800 at the end of December 2008 respectively.
Meanwhile, the company’s cellular interests continue to report healthy growth, with a consolidated customer base of 18.9 million across its eight operations at year-end 2009, up from 17.8 million a year earlier. All but one of Telekom’s international operators reported growth in the year ended 31 December 2009, with the exception being Bulgarian cellco MobiTel, which saw its customer base decline 0.8% year-on-year to 5.35 million. Domestically, Mobilkom Austria continued to migrate customers from pre-paid to post-paid services, seeing a 4.1% decline in the prior and a 12.6% growth in the latter on an annual basis. The cellco ended 2009 with a total of 4.83 million mobile subscribers, a rise of 7.5% year-on-year, 3.52 million of which were on contract-based tariffs. The company also reported 140,000 net new mobile broadband customers, ending December 2009 with 540,000. Telekom will announce its full annual results on 24 February 2010.