Orange's home comforts continued with the operator hailing strong customer wins and decreasing churn as it reported its best third quarter results since 2008.

Group adjusted EBITDA for the quarter grew 2.1 percent year-on-year to €3.62 billion, in line with H1 growth of 2.2 percent, while sales nudged up 0.9 percent to €10.27 billion.

Revenues at Orange France ticked up 0.2 percent to €4.53 billion, a second consecutive quarter of growth albeit at a slower pace of Q2's 0.5 percent growth.

Mobile services sales dropped 2.0 percent to €4.80 billion with interconnection charges to operators' outside its borders failing to offset the end of roaming charges across Europe.

The opco made 320,000 mobile net additions during the quarter, almost double those of the same period last year, which it was driven by the likes of its Play and Jet convergent offers and Sosh digital product.

When added to decreasing churn of 11.4 percent, Orange France boasted of its best ever quarter for mobile.

Its total French customer base sat at 18.6 million at the end of September, up 3.4 percent on 2016.

Orange Bank, which CEO Stéphane Richard hailed as a "new and unique offer" ahead of its launch in France next week, made a loss of €17 million during the quarter.

Across Europe, sales were up 3.9 percent to €2.79 billion, with Spain keeping the crown for best quarterly performer after growing sales by 6.4 percent.

Orange said the opco was boosted by a 4.7 percent expansion of its customer base to 12.9 million, a continuing spread of LTE and wide range of offers.

Sales also grew 1.7 percent in Belgium and Luxembourg, largely thanks to growing customer numbers, but there was worse news in Poland, where sales dropped 1.3 percent to €1.99 billion, which Orange blamed on roaming regulation and customers' preference for SIM-only deals.

Across Central and Eastern Europe, sales grew by 6.9 percent, driven by Romania, up 10.4 percent, Moldova, up five percent and Slovakia, up 0.4 percent.

Africa and the Middle East had revenue growth of 3.1 percent to €1.26 billion, which Orange said was to solid performances in Mali and Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco.

Enterprise had a slight sequential improvement, with sales down 0.5 percent to €1.78 billion compared to a 1.3 decline in Q2.

Across the Group, customer numbers were 207.5 million, up 3.2 percent year-on-year thanks to 6.4 million net additions.

The fixed subscriber base increased by 5.2 percent to 19.3 million, with fibre customers up 47 percent to 4.2 million, and TV customers up 8.8 percent to 8.9 million.

Richard said: "This quarter demonstrates very good momentum at Orange, supported more than ever by investment in customer experience and our networks."

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