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Low-cost iPhone provider Leap struggles with costs, customer retention

Reuters

Leap Wireless International Inc's quarterly revenue missed Wall Street estimates as more customers defected and average revenue per subscriber (ARPU) at the low-cost mobile services provider fell for the first time in seven quarters.

Shares of the company, which focuses on cost-conscious customers and competes with MetroPCS Communications Inc, fell 15 percent in trading after the bell.

The company said customer retention programs did not work out as well as expected and came at a higher-than-anticipated cost.

Zain to focus on data in tough operating environment

Kuwaiti-headquartered operator Zain has said it plans to focus on data services after posting slight gains in profit and revenues for the six months ending in June.

The company, which operates in eight markets across the Middle East and North Africa, grew net income by 1%, year on year, to 141.9 million dinars ($509.6 million), while its revenues also rose by just 1% to 663.5 million dinars.

Zain says it is facing a challenging industry and economic environment, with tough competition and currency fluctuations putting it under considerable pressure.

Filipino Globe reports 10% fall in first-half profit

Philippines operator Globe Telecom has reported a sharp fall in profits as it continues to invest in the modernization of its network amid tough competition.

Net income after tax fell by 10% for the first half of the year, to 5 billion pesos ($120 million), compared with the same period last year, despite a 6% increase in revenues to 40.8 billion pesos.

Qtel blames competition, forex for profit decline

Qatari telecoms incumbent Qtel has blamed heightened competition and currency movements for a sharp fall in profit during the first half of 2012.

At 1.35 billion riyals ($371 million), net income was 11.8% down on the figure reported for the first half of 2011, despite a 6.1% increase in revenues to 16.4 billion riyals.

Qtel says the bottom line was hit by adverse foreign exchange movement in Indonesia and Algeria. Excluding the impact of currency fluctuations, operational results showed profit growth of 9%, it claims.

Mobile internet demand boosts Allot second-quarter profit

Reuters

Allot Communications , which supplies technology that allows telecoms operators to monitor and allocate bandwidth, posted a forecast-beating rise in quarterly profit as revenues rose more than 40 percent, helped by surging demand for fast internet on mobile devices.

However, the initial positive reaction that sent Allot's Tel Aviv shares 2.7 per cent higher by the close was tempered by concern over deal flow and the company's simultaneous announcement of its second acquisition in four months.

Operators, vendors report largely disappointing results

A round-up of the most important results announcements over the past few days.

OPERATORS

Latin American heavyweight América Móvil reported a 45% year-on-year fall in net profit to 13.3 billion pesos (US$1 billion), despite a 9.3% increase in revenues to 191.7 billion pesos. The decline was partly down to the weakness of local currencies, which also drove up the cost of handset subsidies. América Móvil says that with more customers opting for smartphones it is seeing pressure on its margins.

du notes profit gains, market share loss

du, the number two operator in the United Arab Emirates, has said it will focus on profitability and worry less about market share, after reporting second-quarter results earlier this week.

The operator reported an impressive 57.1% increase in net income, year on year, to 651 million dirhams ($177 million), but noted a slight fall in its mobile market share, to 46.5%, due to renewed competition from rival Etisalat.

AT&T authorizes share buyback worth $11 billion

AT&T’s board of directors today authorized a share buyback of up to 300 million additional shares.

The amount of shares represents about 5% of its outstanding stock and would be worth some $11.1 billion according to Friday’s closing price.

“This action allows us to continue returning cash to our shareholders through dividends and buybacks while maintaining a strong balance sheet and investing in the future of our business,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and chief executive.

Iliad puts France Telecom on defensive

French telecoms incumbent France Telecom has managed to slow its loss of mobile-phone customers, many of whom were believed to be defecting to new rival Iliad.

France Telecom lost a staggering 615,000 customers in the first quarter of the year, when Iliad first entered the market, but customer losses for the second quarter were a less troubling 155,000.

Iliad has an established fixed broadband operation in France but won a licence to provide mobile-phone services in 2009, finally launching earlier this year.

Apple blames rare miss on new iPhone anticipation, economy

Reuters

Apple Inc results fell short of Wall Street's lofty expectations as a sagging European economy and a pause in iPhone sales ahead of a new version saw revenues slip from the previous quarter.

Shares fell more than 5 percent to $570.81 in late trade after the world's most valuable technology company - which beats expectations with near regularity - reported its second quarterly miss in less than a year.

Apple's suppliers also felt the pain. Shares of LG Display, Toshiba and Hon Hai sank between 5 and 7 percent.

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