Deutsche Telekom's attempts to protect its operations in Germany and the United States has led to profits falling almost 14 percent.

Group sales at the operator were up 0.8 percent to €15.6 billion in the third quarter, thanks to strong overseas growth. However, net income fell 13.9 percent to €506 million. 

Deutsche Telekom blamed this on its attempts to shore up its business in the US and Germany, with EBITDA falling 10.3 percent to €4 billion. Meanwhile, cash Capex shrunk 8.7 percent to €2.6 billion.

However, the operator’s mobile customer base grew 6.3 percent year-on-year to 149 million, with the DT's total customer base now sitting at 196 million.

In Germany, revenues fell 1.5 percent to €5.6 billion, despite mobile subscriptions in DT's home market growing by 4.5 percent to 39.7 million. Meanwhile, fixed line customers decreased by 3.6 percent.

While the operator saw a 0.3 percent fall in the number of broadband subscriptions, fibre connections saw a solid 38 percent growth to 1.6 million.

Television connections also grew 2.5 percent to 2.4 million.

However, overseas sales accounted for 60 percent of the group’s total revenue, DT claimed, with 35 percent of this coming from the US.

The growth of T-Mobile US saw sales rise 8.7 percent to €5.5 billion, with mobile subscribers increasing 4.6 percent and wholesale 5.3 percent.

Meanwhile in Europe, revenues were down 3.6 percent to €3.3 billion due to negative exchange rates compared with the Euro and knock-on effects from the disposal of Hellas Sat in 2013.

The Czech Republic was hardest hit after sales dropped by 12.8 percent, followed by the Netherlands, where revenues fell 8.7 percent.

Overall mobile subscriptions in Europe fell by 0.7 percent to 65 million, whilst fixed lines shrunk 1.1 percent to nine million.

Deutsche Telekom’s Systems Solutions (T-Systems) business saw sales fall 4.9 percent to €2 billion.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges commented: "All strategy-related trends are clearly on an upward trajectory. An excellent performance in the German mobile market, record customer additions in the United States, strong financial development in Europe and improvements in Systems Solutions - these are Deutsche Telekom's results for the third quarter.”

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