Moroccan group Maroc Telecom has reported consolidated revenues of MAD7.534 billion (USD890 million) for the first three months of 2012, an increase of 0.1% from MAD7.528 billion in the year-ago quarter. Solid growth in the firm’s international business, which saw a 21% year-on-year rise in revenue to MAD1.726 billion, helped to offset a 4% decline in domestic turnover to MAD5.902 billion. Consolidated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 4.6% year-on-year to MAD4.223 billion in the first quarter of 2012, thanks to stabilised EBITDA in Morocco and a strong increase (32%) in international EBITDA to MAD768 million, which helped to drive a 2.2% rise in Q1 2012 consolidated earnings from operations to MAD3.04 billion.
At 31 March 2012 Maroc Telecom reported a total of 17.194 million domestic mobile customers (up 3.2% year-on-year), including 1.247 million 3G subscribers, compared to 732,000 twelve months earlier. Momentum continued in the post-paid segment, which recorded growth of 23%, to 1.08 million contract subscribers. The company’s subsidiary in Burkina Faso, Onatel, had 3.303 million mobile customers on the Telmob network at the end of March 2012, up by 23% year-on-year, while Gabon Telecom’s Libertis unit recorded a 62% jump in its number of mobile users to 644,000, but reported a loss of 27% of its fixed lines in service, with just 17,000 remaining at 31 March 2012. In Mali, Sotelma’s customer bases continued to show impressive growth: +63% for its mobile unit (Orange Mali), with 4.255 million customers at the end of the period under review, and growth of 19% for fixed line users, reaching 95,000 active connections.