T-Mobile Czech Republic, owned by Telefonica of Spain, added a net 23,000 new wireless customers in the second quarter of this year to close out June with a total of 5.347 million, as a loss of 27,000 pre-pay SIMs was offset by net additions of 50,000 post-paid users. Nevertheless, the cellco’s total base was down 0.9% on the same time at the end of June 2011, and it also reported expecting continued downward pressure on pricing. Helping to combat its fight in the domestic market though, T-Mobile’s fixed line user base climbed by 2,000 lines between end-March and end-June 2012 to 105,000, it said.
The mobile network operator booked revenue of CZK12.93 billion (USD637 million) in the first six months of this year, down 3.5% on the corresponding period of 2011, of which service revenues dipped by 6.2% to CZK11.67 billion. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) declined 10% year-on-year to CZK6.03 billion; EBITDA margin was 46.6%. T-Mobile CR also reported falling average revenue per user (ARPU), with the blended monthly figure down 4.7% y-o-y at CZK363; the post-paid average ARPU was CZK540 and pre-paid was CZK145. However, non-voice revenues continue to expand, accounting for 27% of APRU in 2Q12, compared to 24% in 2Q11. Data usage in particular, is growing at an impressive rate – doubling in total to 1,425TB, T-Mobile said. Average monthly minutes of use (MOU) also increased, by 6.4% to 133 minutes per user.