Pan-African operator MTN Group saw profits and revenues for the first half of the year buoyed by continuing subscriber growth despite pricing pressure across most of its markets.
Profits after tax rose by 19%, to ZAR14.55 billion ($1.46 billion), compared with the same period of 2012, while revenues were up by 9.8%, to ZAR65.25 billion.
Meanwhile, the company’s overall subscriber base grew by 6.5%, compared with end-June 2012, to 201.5 million customers.
Telekom Austria and Dutch group KPN, the European rivals in which Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim has invested, have joined forces to offer internet-based data services to wholesale and large business customers, they said on Tuesday.
The two companies are combining their infrastructure to create a "backbone" optic fiber network across 35 countries whereby Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) can use KPN's (The Hague, Netherlands) network for its customers in western Europe and KPN can use Telekom Austria's network in central and eastern Europe.
The European Commission has questioned the way Italian telecoms watchdog AGCOM arrived at changes planned to wholesale broadband prices, claiming the move could cramp the ability of market players to decide on prices in Italy.
In a statement on Monday, the Commission said it had invoked the EU review mechanism over the move, adding it would discuss with AGCOM how to amend its proposal over the next three months.
Telekom Austria has blamed a fall in earnings for the three months ending June on a mixture of competition, challenging economic conditions and unfavorable regulation.
The Austrian telecoms incumbent saw earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 9.5%, compared with the same period of 2012, to €330.3 million ($439 million), while revenues slipped by 1.9%, to €1.04 billion.
Thanks to a fall in depreciation and amortization charges, plus lower interest payments, the operator was able to report a 54.2% rise in net income, to €52.5 million.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil defied arch-rival Telefonica with a 7.2 billion euro ($9.6 billion) bid for the 70 percent of Dutch telecoms group KPN that it does not already own.
Spain's Telefonica (Madrid) made an $11 billion offer last month to buy KPN's (The Hague, Netherlands) crown jewel, Germany's E-Plus, disrupting America Movil's (Mexico City, Mexico) expensive - and on paper money-losing - foray into Europe.
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Swiss incumbent Swisscom has reported a 9.7% fall in profits for the first half of 2013 due to a combination of rising subscriber acquisition costs and higher network maintenance expenses.
The operator saw net income drop from CHF907 million ($977 million) for the first half of 2012 to CHF819 million this year, with revenues edging down by 0.4%, to CHF5.62 billion.
Multinational operator VimpelCom has blamed a fall in earnings for the three months ending June 2013 on a mixture of foreign exchange movements, regulation in Italy and one-off charges.
The operator – which is now headquartered in Amsterdam but whose biggest market remains Russia – saw earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 2%, to $2.43 billion, compared with the same period last year.
Globe Telecom, the Philippines’ second-biggest telecoms operator, has reported a massive fall in net income due to investments it has been forced to make in improving its network.
The operator saw net income for the first half of 2013 drop by 73%, to PHP1.4 billion ($32.1 million), despite growing revenues by 9%, to PHP44.5 billion, over the same period.
Telecom Italia has swung to a net loss of €1.4 billion ($1.86 billion) for the first six months of 2013, compared with a net profit of €1.2 billion for the same period last year, due to goodwill write-downs totaling €2.2 billion.
Even excluding the impact of the write-downs, profits would have been 33% lower than over the first half of 2012 with sales under pressure at home and in the operator’s Latin American markets.
Revenues for the first half of the year totaled €13.76 billion, down 2.7% in organic terms compared with the first six months of 2012.