Growth at Groupe Iliad’s mobile arm showed no sign of slowing down in the first quarter as growth in customer numbers again boosted revenues.
Mobile sales were up 10.4 percent year-on-year to €484 million as Free Mobile added the highest number of subscribers in France for the 17th consecutive quarter.
The operator registered 215,000 new mobile subscribers during the period, pushing its total mobile customer base to 11.9 million.
Of these, 4.25 million customers are on 4G and are consuming 3.8 GB of data per month on average. This is a 70 percent increase on 12 months ago.
Free Mobile’s market share is now above 17 percent. In March the company said this share represented “critical mass” that enabled it to optimise fixed costs.
The only worry was a further decline in handset revenues, which Iliad put down to high sales volumes of entry-level devices.
On the fixed line side, Iliad trumpeted a “re-acceleration” of the business as sales increased by 3.9 percent to €665 million.
The operator boosted its broadband subscriber by 78,000 during the period, which represented the second highest net adds of any operator.
In total, Iliad has 6.2 million fixed-line customers.
It said it continued to roll out of FTTH and said it now had 2.8 million “connectible sockets”.
All told, group revenues rose 6.6 percent to €1.15 billion.