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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Amazon Accelerates Through Fourth Quarter

Stripping out the impact of currency movements, Amazon reported a 36% year-on-year increase in net sales for the fourth quarter to 60.5 billion US dollars. That compares with a 31% increase across the whole of 2017. Amazon forecast that net sales will grow between 34% and 42% year-on-year in the current quarter to between 47.75 billion and 50.75 billion dollars.

Amazon Web Services' revenues jumped 45% in the fourth quarter to 5.1 billion dollars. Amazon said more than five billion items shipped with Prime worldwide in 2017, as more new members joined last year than in any previous year, both worldwide and in the U.S. source: Amazon statement

Monday, February 5, 2018

Apple Cranks Up Double-Digit Growth

Apple reported a 13% year-on-year increase in revenue for the quarter ending December 30th to 88.3 billion US dollars, fuelled by a 13% increase in iPhone revenues. Apple forecast its revenue will be between 60 billion and 62 billion dollars in the current quarter, which would represent a year-on-year increase of between 13% and 17%.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said. “We’ve also achieved a significant milestone with our active installed base of devices reaching 1.3 billion in January. That’s an increase of 30% in just two years, which is a testament to the popularity of our products and the loyalty and satisfaction of our customers.” source: Apple statement

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Facebook Flags Up New Strategy

Facebook reported a 47% year-on-year rise in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 to 12.97 billion US dollars, as the number of daily active users rose 14% to 1.4 billion.

However, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, warned that the social network is now looking to reduce the time people spend passively consuming entertainment: "In 2018, we're focused on making sure Facebook isn't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being and for society. We're doing this by encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content. Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people's time is well spent. In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day. By focusing on meaningful connections, our community and business will be stronger over the long term."

"The biggest impact on the focus on meaningful interactions, as Mark mentioned, will be in areas like passive video where from a business perspective, we monetize less on the time spent basis. So if you think about it in terms of things like posts, views in News Feed which drives impression growth, we think this will have a less of an impact," said Facebook's CFO David Wehner. "[Still] we have good opportunities to grow the business across both Facebook and Instagram in 2018. We continue to improve the effectiveness of our ads which helps drive ROI for advertisers and demand for our ad products. On the supply side, we expect we will be able to continue to grow ad impressions at a modest pace.... In 2018 we expect constant currency ad revenue growth rates to decelerate consistent with the trends we have seen over the past year." source: Facebook statements

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Verizon Sees Slow Growth Ahead

Verizon reported a 0.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the fourth quarter, excluding divestitures and acquisitions, to 34 billion US dollars.  However, wireless service revenue was down 2.9% to 15.9 billion dollars.

The New York-based company forecast that full-year revenues will grow at low-single-digit percentage rates on a GAAP basis in 2018. Excluding the impact from the new revenue recognition standard, Verizon said it is on track to achieve year-over-year wireless service revenue growth by the middle part of 2018. On a GAAP basis, Verizon expects service revenue growth to turn positive around the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Verizon said its media business serves approximately one billion "monthly unique users", generating revenue of 2.2 billion US dollars in the fourth quarter (Verizon completed the acquisition of Yahoo! in June 2017). It has content distribution partnerships with the NFL and the NBA. Verizon also reported a 8% year-on-year organic increase in telematics and Internet of Things revenue in the fourth quarter, claiming it has the world’s largest fleet management platform.  source: Verizon statement

Netflix Forecasts Even Faster Growth

Netflix reported a 33% year-on-year increase in revenue for the fourth quarter to 3.29 billion US dollars, as the number of paid streaming memberships rose 25% and its average selling price rose 9% from the same period in 2016. Netflix said: "Q4 capped an amazing year for Netflix original content with returning seasons of The Crown and Black Mirror as well as Stranger Things, which cemented its place as a global phenomenon."

The Los Gatos, California company forecast a 40% leap in revenues for the first quarter of 2018 to 3.7 billion dollars.  In 2017, Netflix added 24 million new memberships compared with 19 million in 2016. source: Netflix statement

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Huawei Reports Slowing Growth

Huawei estimates its group revenue increased 15% in 2017 to 600 billion Chinese yuan (91.2 billion US dollars), which would mean last year saw the company’s slowest growth since 2013. It reported a 10% increase in mobile phone shipments in 2017 to 153 million units.

In a statement, Huawei rotating CEO Ken Hu, said: “As a global player, we need to be patient and persistent, demonstrating our value and contribution one quiet step at a time. We need to earn trust, continue to improve, and cultivate a receptive business environment that can support business development on a whole new level: not just 100 billion dollars, but revenues of hundreds of billions of dollars and beyond.” Source: Mobile World Live article.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tencent Racks Up Rapid Growth

Tencent reported a 61% year-on-year increase in revenues to 65.2 billion yuan (9.83 billion US dollars) for the third quarter. Chairman and CEO of Tencent, Ma Huateng, said: "We recorded strong business and revenue growth across multiple business lines including games, digital content, online advertising and payment-related services. In particular, our video platform gained audience and revenue market share, we believe it has become China’s top online video platform in terms of mobile daily active users and subscriptions. We believe this success reflects our increasing investment in self-commissioned video content, our improved selection of licensed video content, and our scheduling and audience management initiatives."

The group said that Tencent Video has exceeded 43 million fee-based subscriptions, adding: "We will continue to increase our investment in video content, especially self-commissioned video content, and to reinforce our content recommendation algorithms."

Tencent also reported that it now has 980 million monthly active users of the Weixin/WeChat messaging service, representing year-on-year growth of 15.8%. The service handles approximately 38 billion messages a day, representing year-on-year growth of 25%. Tencent added that there are now 3.5 million monthly active Official Accounts (business accounts) with monthly active followers of these accounts reaching 797 million in aggregate, representing year-on-year growth of 14% and 19% respectively.  source: Tencent statement

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Europe Offsets India for Vodafone

Vodafone reported a 4.1% year-on-year fall in group revenue to 23.1 billion euros for the six months ending September 30th, blaming the deconsolidation of Vodafone Netherlands and currency movements.  That figure doesn't include Vodafone India, which is now merging with rival Idea Cellular.  Vodafone India's service revenues were down 15.8% over the six month period. Vodafone said that group service revenue rose 1.3% on an organic basis in the quarter ending September 30th (excluding Vodafone Netherlands and Vodafone India) driven primarily by "our growth engines of mobile data, fixed/convergence and enterprise."

Vittorio Colao, CEO, commented: "Revenue grew organically in the majority of our markets driven by mobile data and our continued success as Europe’s fastest growing broadband provider. Enterprise revenues continue to grow, led by our Internet of Things (‘IoT’), cloud and fixed services ... In India competition remains intense. There are however signs of positive developments in the Indian market, with consolidation of smaller operators and recent price increases from the new entrant. ...we will continue to implement our strategic initiatives, including fibre infrastructure expansion in Germany, Portugal and the UK; our entry into the consumer IoT market with the launch of “V by Vodafone”; and the ‘Digital Vodafone’ programme designed to enhance our customers’ experience, increasing revenues and cost efficiency.” source: Vodafone statement