France's Iliad first-half revenue jumps 40%

Buoyed by the addition of 200,000 new subscribers during the first half of this year and other bundled service packages, French telecom group Iliad saw its first-half revenue shoot up 40 percent year-over-year to $1.3 billion. During the first half of 2009, the service provider reported that its ISP subsidiaries Free and Alice produced $333.5 million in revenues, a 37 percent increase from the first half of 2008. As of the end of June, Free had about 3.59 million ADSL subscribers, up from 3.31 million subscribers at the end of December 2008, while Alice's subscriber base dipped down to 782,000 from 836,000. The company attributes this loss to customers moving from Alice to the Free service.

To facilitate further broadband growth, Iliad continues to conduct its local loop unbundling efforts. Iliad said that during the first six months of this year, it had unbundled 175 new COs, bringing the total number of telephone exchanges it connects to 2,375. By the end of June, Iliad said more than 81 percent of its customer base was either ‘partly or fully unbundled.' Iliad continues to be high on its broadband prospects. Iliad not only predicts it will have 5 million total broadband subscribers by 2011, but its Fiber to the Home network will pass 4 million homes by the end of 2012.  

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