Telefonica Brasil reaches 3 million Speedy customers

Telefonica Brasil reaches 3 million Speedy customers
(Telecompaper) Telefonica Brasil announced that its broadband service Speedy has reached three million customers and had the best first half in its history with the addition of 363,000 subscribers, an increase of 14 percent compared to the end of last year. Compared with the customer base in the first quarter of this year, the operator added about 200,000 customers. The company claims that number is almost twice as many new customers as the main direct competitor, Net Servicos. Telefonica estimates investment in its network and systems at BRL 930 million this year, compared to BRL 750 million last year. From 1 August, Telefonica will reduce the price of the 2 Mbps internet access package by 11 percent to BRL 69. Telefonica claims 23 percent of the broadband accesses in 13 million households in Sao Paulo.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Qatar considers further legal action over Virgin
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Qatar has welcomed the ruling by IctQatar, the country’s telecommunications regulator, in response to the operator’s complaint against Qatar Telecom’s introduction of Virgin Mobile in Qatar in May. IctQatar ordered Qtel to change significantly how the Virgin Mobile brand in Qatar is represented compared to what was launched on 13 May. Vodafone Qatar said it’s reviewing IctQatar’s decision to determine if it can take further legal action in the courts to rectify the impact of Qtel’s “illegal behaviour” on its organisation and shareholders. Vodafone Qatar will also carefully monitor Qtel’s compliance with the new brand requirements and will report any breaches to IctQatar. Qtel also welcomed the ruling and confirmed that the service will continue to be offered and available for customers across Qatar. The incumbent operator said that IctQatar rejected the core complaint from Vodafone Qatar, that Qtel’s Virgin Mobile service was a third mobile service provider or MVNO. Qtel accepted IctQatar’s recommendation that it should have been more proactively open about the concept behind the launch of Qtel’s Virgin Mobile service in Qatar.[Lees verder]

Verizon posts Q2 net loss, revenues fall 0.3%
(Telecompaper) US operator Verizon reported a loss of USD 0.07 per share in the second quarter, including 65 cents of earnings per share in adjustments, compared to EPS of USD 0.52 the year before. The one-time charges included 10 cents for the Frontier and Alltel deals, 3 cents for restating wireless data revenues and the rest for the voluntary redundancy programme. Total operating revenues for the quarter fell 0.3 percent to USD 26.8 billion. Cash flow from operations totaled USD 9.8 billion, up 29.8 percent from the year-earlier quarter, while capital expenditures totaled USD 4.2 billion, down 3.6 percent a year ago. Verizon reiterated its full-year capex guidance in the range of USD 16.8-17.2 billion. The mobile operations saw a total number of 92.1 million customers, after adding 1.4 million net new customers in the quarter and removing a net 2.1 million customers in connection with divestitures and conforming adjustments related to the Alltel acquisition. The company also added 896,000 reseller customers in Q2. Retail service revenues in the quarter totaled USD 13.5 billion, up 4.2 percent year over year. Retail data revenue was up 23.4 percent to USD 4.7 billion. Service revenues were USD 14.0 billion, up 5.2 percent. Total revenues were USD 16.0 billion, up 3.4 percent year over year. Retail service ARPU grew 0.9 percent to USD 51.56, and retail data ARPU increased to USD 17.85, up 19.4 percent year over year. The total number of customers reached 99.7 million at the end of the quarter, with 1.4 million total net customer adds. Connections, including machine-to-machine, eReaders and telematics, was at 7.7 million, adding 264,000 net other connections in the quarter. Retail postpaid churn, retail churn and total customer churn remained low, at 0.94 percent, 1.33 percent and 1.27 percent, respectively. The operating margin for mobile operations rose 1.5 percentage points to 30.3 percent year-on-year.[Lees verder]

Telefonica Brasil reaches 3 million Speedy customers
(Telecompaper) Telefonica Brasil announced that its broadband service Speedy has reached three million customers and had the best first half in its history with the addition of 363,000 subscribers, an increase of 14 percent compared to the end of last year. Compared with the customer base in the first quarter of this year, the operator added about 200,000 customers. The company claims that number is almost twice as many new customers as the main direct competitor, Net Servicos. Telefonica estimates investment in its network and systems at BRL 930 million this year, compared to BRL 750 million last year. From 1 August, Telefonica will reduce the price of the 2 Mbps internet access package by 11 percent to BRL 69. Telefonica claims 23 percent of the broadband accesses in 13 million households in Sao Paulo.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Qatar considers further legal action over Virgin
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Qatar has welcomed the ruling by IctQatar, the country’s telecommunications regulator, in response to the operator’s complaint against Qatar Telecom’s introduction of Virgin Mobile in Qatar in May. IctQatar ordered Qtel to change significantly how the Virgin Mobile brand in Qatar is represented compared to what was launched on 13 May. Vodafone Qatar said it’s reviewing IctQatar’s decision to determine if it can take further legal action in the courts to rectify the impact of Qtel’s “illegal behaviour” on its organisation and shareholders. Vodafone Qatar will also carefully monitor Qtel’s compliance with the new brand requirements and will report any breaches to IctQatar. Qtel also welcomed the ruling and confirmed that the service will continue to be offered and available for customers across Qatar. The incumbent operator said that IctQatar rejected the core complaint from Vodafone Qatar, that Qtel’s Virgin Mobile service was a third mobile service provider or MVNO. Qtel accepted IctQatar’s recommendation that it should have been more proactively open about the concept behind the launch of Qtel’s Virgin Mobile service in Qatar.[Lees verder]

Verizon posts Q2 net loss, revenues fall 0.3%
(Telecompaper) US operator Verizon reported a loss of USD 0.07 per share in the second quarter, including 65 cents of earnings per share in adjustments, compared to EPS of USD 0.52 the year before. The one-time charges included 10 cents for the Frontier and Alltel deals, 3 cents for restating wireless data revenues and the rest for the voluntary redundancy programme. Total operating revenues for the quarter fell 0.3 percent to USD 26.8 billion. Cash flow from operations totaled USD 9.8 billion, up 29.8 percent from the year-earlier quarter, while capital expenditures totaled USD 4.2 billion, down 3.6 percent a year ago. Verizon reiterated its full-year capex guidance in the range of USD 16.8-17.2 billion. The mobile operations saw a total number of 92.1 million customers, after adding 1.4 million net new customers in the quarter and removing a net 2.1 million customers in connection with divestitures and conforming adjustments related to the Alltel acquisition. The company also added 896,000 reseller customers in Q2. Retail service revenues in the quarter totaled USD 13.5 billion, up 4.2 percent year over year. Retail data revenue was up 23.4 percent to USD 4.7 billion. Service revenues were USD 14.0 billion, up 5.2 percent. Total revenues were USD 16.0 billion, up 3.4 percent year over year. Retail service ARPU grew 0.9 percent to USD 51.56, and retail data ARPU increased to USD 17.85, up 19.4 percent year over year. The total number of customers reached 99.7 million at the end of the quarter, with 1.4 million total net customer adds. Connections, including machine-to-machine, eReaders and telematics, was at 7.7 million, adding 264,000 net other connections in the quarter. Retail postpaid churn, retail churn and total customer churn remained low, at 0.94 percent, 1.33 percent and 1.27 percent, respectively. The operating margin for mobile operations rose 1.5 percentage points to 30.3 percent year-on-year.[Lees verder]