T-Mobile Netherlands reported third-quarter revenues down 4 year-on-year to EUR 413 million. EBITDA meanwhile rose 18 percent to EUR 143 million.
The company said the use of mobile internet among subscribers rose strongly during the quarter, with mobile data traffic surging 47 percent compared to the year before. The number of mobile subscribers advanced by 17,000 since June to 4.761 million. ARPU was stable versus a year earlier at EUR 24, but down slightly from EUR 25 in Q2. Non-voice services now make up 40 percent of ARPU.
T-Mobile NL CEO Thomas Berlemann attributed the improved EBITDA to the company’s cost-savings strategy. “In the long term however, I am very concerned about revenues. The decline in revenues in the market is affecting the entire sector and represents a challenge for future investments aimed at growing mobile internet," Berlemann said.
T-Mobile NL plans to accelerate its growth strategy with the development of new products and services better suited to customer needs and wishes. The company will also be streamlined to adequately respond to the dynamic market developments.
"In order to achieve profitable growth, we will have to continue improving the efficiency of our organization and focus investments onto our mobile internet initiatives as well as on excellent service for our customers," the CEO said.
T-Mobile NL said it has held on to its leading position in the field of mobile internet thanks to the introduction of services such as the Travel & Surf packages. The operator sold 176 percent more of these discounted deals compared to August 2011, enabling customers abroad to use mobile internet for a fixed fee.
In September, the operator introduced music streaming service Deezer, allowing customers to play and share up to 18 million tracks. T-Mobile NL launched the iPhone 5, amongst other devices, at the end of Q3.
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