EE’s 4G subscriber base reached 12.6 million at the end of September 2015, up from 5.6 million a year earlier, the operator revealed in its 3Q15 financial results, claiming such a figure meant it remained on track to achieve its target of 14 million by the end of this year. Total mobile accesses were up against the previous quarter at 28.249 million, though this represented a marginal decline of 0.2% compared to the 28.295 million recorded at end-September 2014. While the cellco registered gains in the post-paid sector, reporting 15.197 million such accesses, up from 14.757 million a year earlier, pre-paid mobile connections declined from 9.732 million to 9.001 million over the same period. A total of 4.051 million customers were signed up to an MVNO offering a service over the EE network, meanwhile, representing a 6.4% year-on-year increase. In the fixed broadband arena, EE saw customer numbers rise by almost 17% between September 2014 and September 2015, to reach 927,000 at the latter date.
In financial terms, meanwhile, EE generated a total turnover of GBP1.586 billion (USD2.46 billion) in 3Q 2015, down by 0.3% against the corresponding period a year earlier, while operating revenue declined by 0.6% to GBP1.514 million; EE noted, however, that excluding regulatory impact operating revenue was actually up 1.2% year-on-year.
Neal Milsom, EE’s chief financial officer, said of the company’s quarterly performance: ‘We’ve seen strong commercial momentum as business and consumers embrace the benefits of our network, with more than two-thirds of post-paid mobile customers now using 4G, providing a solid platform for the future.’