Altice has connected over 14 million homes to pure fibre technology in France and Portugal, but sales growth continues to be elusive.

The operator’s SFR business in France added 433,000 FTTH premises in the three months to 30 September, taking its total base to over the 10 million mark.

In Portugal, where Altice owns Portugal Telecom, 177,000 new premises were connected, increasing the number of homes and businesses that can access FTTH to four million.

Altice, which also owns opcos in Dominican Republic, Israel and the US, said it wanted to deploy the next gen technology more quickly than anyone else.

It plans to reach nationwide FTTH coverage in Portugal by 2020 and in France by 2025.

However, revenues and EBITDA continue to struggle in the same markets.

Sales fell 1.3 percent to €2.76 billion in France in Q3 and were down 3.1 percent to €566 million in Portugal.

Altice cited falls in traditional telephony and competition for the declines.

EBITDA dropped 3.2 percent to €1.01 billion in France and 1.3 percent to €265 million in Portugal as a result.

However, growth at Altice USA helped group revenues tick up 0.3 percent to €5.75 billion on a constant currency basis and group EBITDA increase 4.2 percent to €2.35 billion.

Altice Group CEO Michel Combes said: “In Europe, we are intensifying the operational focus to improve customer experience and return France and Portugal to growth.

“To support the turnaround here we are expanding our fiber FTTH coverage at an accelerated pace as well as continuing to invest in improving our mobile network quality and providing differentiated content bundles.”

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