Telefónica, KPN and Proximus reported a mixed bag of financial results for the three months to 30 September.
Telefónica recorded revenues of €12.75 billion, up four percent year-on-year on an organic basis.
The operator’s Latin American arm was the best performer with sales rising over 16 percent thanks to an increase in “high-value” mobile services in particular.
Revenues also rose in Brazil and the UK, up 1.2 percent and 1.1 percent respectively.
However, sales were down 0.3 percent in Spain and 1.3 percent in Germany.
Operating income rose 2.8 percent to €4.1 billion, again on an organic basis, with the company’s South American opcos largely accounting for the growth.
However, net profits were down 10 percent to €896 million.
Group CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete said: “Third quarter results reflected the solid execution of the main strategic priorities set for the year.”
Meanwhile, KPN released a disappointing set of financial results just days after appointing a new Chief Executive.
Revenues, adjusted for various factors, fell 5.6 percent year-on-year to €1.6 billion as it registered declines across its consumer, business and wholesale divisions.
EBITDA was down 3.9 percent to €636 million, largely due to regulatory effects.
Net profit jumped to €132 million, up from €45 million, as the 2016 comparison included finance expenses related to a bond tender.
CEO Eelco Blok, who is set to be replaced by former Wind Tre chief Maximo Ibarra next April, said: “As expected, the Group financials for this quarter reflected the impact of the introduction of Roam Like At Home regulation within the EU, resulting in a strong increase in data usage abroad during the summer holiday season.”
Finally, Proximus saw revenues fall 3.2 percent to €1.4 billion as its international wholesale business continued to suffer.
BICS saw sales plummet over 12 percent as the amount of voice traffic it carried dropped over 10 percent.
There was better news at its Consumer business unit where revenues were down just 0.1 percent at €729 million.
Growth in sales of fixed-line data and TV services largely managed to offset declines in prepaid mobile services, it said.
The operator’s enterprise arm posted a 0.4 percent rise in revenues thanks to improving sales of ICT services.
Group EBITDA declined 2.2 percent to €464 million on the back of the fall in revenues and regulatory effects.
Allied to higher tax expenses, this pushed net income down 12 percent to €140 million.
CEO Dominique Leroy said: “The summer holiday season was marked by a high exposure to the impact from Roam Like Home with traveling Proximus customers taking great benefit from this new advantage.
“European Data roaming volumes were boosted, increasing by 6 times compared to last years’ third quarter.
“As a positive, visitor roaming volumes also increased considerably, partly compensating for the higher roaming-out costs.”