T-Mobile Czech Republic reported a 2.9% net rise in subscribers, or 169,000, last year to close out December with a total of a little over six million, including 3.5 million post-paid (+5.1%) and 2.5 million pre-paid (-0.1%) users. Consolidated full-year revenue climbed 1.3% year-on-year to CZK24.07 billion (USD990 million) in 2014 – mobile sales accounted for CZK18.88 billion (down 4.4%) of the total – and group EBITDA declined 4.3% to CZK10.03 billion, as the operator fought to stave off the effects of price competition in the local market by increasing cost rationalisation measures.
T-Mobile CR said that the proportion of revenue derived from non-voice services moved four percentage points higher to 38% and data traffic surged 59% to nearly 10,500TB, but blended mobile ARPU dipped 8.7% y-o-y to CZK263 per month; pre-paid ARPU slipped 16.2% to CZK98 and contract ARPU fell nearly 9% to CZK382 a month. Churn inched up to 1.3%. In part, the stronger return from data has been aided by its ongoing rollout of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Indeed, most recently the carrier has further expanded LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) coverage in the capital, Prague, installing 82 additional base stations there. By the end of April 2015 it will have boosted LTE-A coverage and capacity to around 50% of the population and 33% of the territory, it said.
Finally, T-Mobile CR reported that the number of fixed connections on its network reached 131,000 at 31 December 2014, up around 1,000 in a year.