Deutsche Telekom had 2.442 million IPTV and satellite TV customers in Germany at the end of the year, up 65,000 quarter-on-quarter and up 12.2% year-on-year.
Demand for FTTH and VDSL broadband increased in the German markeet. In the fourth quarter, 323,000 customers opted for a fiber-optic-based line, 143% more than in the prior year. Deutsche Telekom recorded particularly strong customer additions in the VDSL roll-out areas, triggered by the market launch of 1.3 million vectoring households in the fourth quarter. The operator said that 40% of new VDSL customers were opting for Entertain.
The operator also had 3.714 million TV customers – IPTV, satellite and cable – from its activities in other European countries, up 44,000 quarter-on-quarter and up 6% year-on-year.
In Greece, Telekom’s local subsidiary OTE had 384,000 TV subs at the end of the year, up 38.3% year-on-year. Romanian unit Telekom Romania had 1.414 million TV customers, up 4.5%, and Hungary had 923,000 subscribers, up 4.3%. However, in the Czech Republic, where Telekom’s local subsidiary shut down its TV service in November last year, the company recorded a loss of 29,000 TV customers in the course of the year. Similarly, the sale of Euronet in the Netherlands led to a loss of 59,000 TV homes in that market.
While revenue in its international market declined by 3.4% in 2014, Telekom noted that 26% of revenues now related to growth areas including TV and mobile broadband.
Telekom overall posted revenues of €62.7 billion for the year, up 4.2%, and EBITDA of €17.8 billion, up 12.5%.