By Stuart Thomson
Danish telco TDC lost 11,000 TV customers in the quarter to June, with total losses year-on-year now totalling 53,000. TV ARPU was flat quarter-on-quarter, meaning that revenues also fell.
The numbers, along with a decline in fixed voice subscribers, helped drive the telco’s gross profits and EBITDA downwards.
TDC said that lower mobile handset sales and a loss of RGUs in landline voice and TV were only partly offset by price increases on mobile voice, broadband and TV. Increased TV content costs also weighed on the company’s gross profits.
Quarterly revenues from TV amounted to DKK980 million(US$146.9million), down from DKK995 million(US$149.16) for the prior year. Half year revenues for TV totalled DKK1.971 billion, down from DKK2.01 billion.
Declines in TV and fixed voice were to some extent offset by growth in mobile and broadband.
TDC’s numbers were also hit by its investment in fibre and costs related to the splitting of the company into two units covering services and infrastructure.
Organic EBITDA was down 2.6% to DKK1.671 billion.
“In a decisive year for TDC Group, it is great to see that we are achieving our strategic milestones and at the same time delivering solid and consistent business development in the second quarter. We have now created two business units that are leaders in their respective fields and that will shape Denmark’s digital future. And in addition, our focus on investments in future technologies and improved customer experience has enabled us to increase both our ARPU and our customer satisfaction in a fiercely competitive market,” said group president and CEO Allison Kirkby.-DTVE