Deutsche Telekom saw sales and profits rise in the three months to September.

Third quarter revenues were up 9.3 percent to €17.1 billion thanks to the operator’s US business, which was again the star performer.

Sales rose over 27 percent at T-Mobile US, which now has over 61 million customers as more than two million joined during the quarter.

Sales in DT’s home market rose 0.1 percent as customer numbers, with the exception of traditional fixed-network lines, saw an upward curve.

DT said 1.6 million customers had signed up to its converged fixed-mobile offering MagentaEINS in its first year, for example.

In the rest of Europe, revenues were down 3.6 percent amid “intense competition”.

DT’s business in the Netherlands was hardest hit as sales declined eight percent.

The operator blamed this on volume and price-driven declines in voice telephony and roaming regulation.

Across the continent, 45 percent of lines are now IP-based, 10 percentage points more than last year, while LTE coverage hit 65 percent.

The operator’s enterprise arm saw sales increase 2.3 percent, partly due to growth in cloud services.

[Read more: Deutsche Telekom targets Chinese business with public cloud]

Meanwhile, adjusted earnings rose 12.9 percent to €5.2 billion and adjusted net profit grew by 30 percent to €1 billion.

CEO Tim Höttges (pictured) said: "We are resolutely forging ahead with our strategy.

"High investments in broadband roll-out and connectivity remain the basis for growth."

DT invested €2.7 billion in the quarter, which in terms of cash capex excluding mobile spectrum expenses is 8.2 percent more than 12 months ago.

Net debt fell from €48.8 billion to €47.8 billion.

The operator confirmed its guidance for the full year following the figures.

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