Telus, BCE revenues up 6.1%, 1.4%

9 Aug 2013

In the second quarter of 2013, rival Canadian telecoms groups Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) and Telus Corp posted respective revenues (including their fixed, mobile, broadband and pay-TV operations) of CAD5.00 billion (USD4.81 billion), up by 1.4% year-on-year, and CAD2.83 billion (up 6.1%). Telus reported a 3% y-o-y improvement in EBITDA to CAD1.0 billion in the three months to the end of June 2013 whereas BCE (which includes Bell Canada and Bell Aliant) recorded a 1.5% EBITDA rise to CAD1.74 million.

Comparing the two groups’ operational highlights, Telus added a net 100,000 new post-paid mobile users in Q2 2013 compared to Bell’s 96,390 (while mobile market leader Rogers Communications earlier posted a net increase of 98,000 contract customers in the quarter). Post-paid wireless customer churn at Telus stood at 1.03% in the three-month period, better than Bell’s figure of 1.3%, while Telus’ mobile ARPU also led Bell’s, at CAD61.12 in April-June 2013 compared to CAD56.85 (but both were lower than Rogers’ CAD67.36).