Feeds

Orange hits 50m subscriber mark

'Strong first quarter'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Orange now has more than 50m customers, reaching this milestone in a "strong first quarter".

The France Telecom-owned mobile network operator added 1.2m subscribers in the quarter, and reports growing average revenue per user (ARPU) growth in its key markets, France and the UK. It attributes this to a better customer mix, in other words, fewer cheapskate pay-as-you-go punters. Also data revenues are flowing through, with non-voice revenues accounting for 14.7 per cent of Orange network sales in the quarter (Q1 2003: 12.6 per cent).

Group Q1 revenues were up 12.1 per cent on a pro-forma basis to €4.678bn (from €4.172bn pro-forma in Q1 2003) and up 9.9 per cent on a reported basis.

Orange is keen to tout its multinational spread, even though it has withdrawn or is withdrawing from some countries (Thailand and Sweden spring immediately to mind). Almost a third of customers live outside France and the UK, its two key markets with 20.4m and 13.8m customers, respectively.

The rest are scattered across Benelux, Switzerland, Denmark, eastern Europe, Africa, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic. Orange joined Freemove, a new get-Vodafone alliance of leading European mobile operators. The tie-up has already earned it new client wins, it says.

Orange is on track to roll out 3G in France and the UK in the second half of the year. This quarter it is launching Talk Now, Europe's first push to talk service, in France and the UK. A full European roll-out is expected by the end of the year. ®

Related stories

Happy Birthday, Orange
Mobile giants deny cartel slur
FreeMove mounts its challenge to Vodafone
mmO2 recruits Danes for StarMap alliance
Orange boss makes the long walk
Overture searches for WAP gold
Operators tout FreeMove easy roaming alliance
France shakes down mobile operators. Customers are safe
Orange punts mobile walkie talkie service

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.