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Thursday, August 8, 2013

T-Mobile USA Bounces Back

Deutsche Telekom said its revenues rose 2.1% year-on-year on an organic basis in the second quarter to 15.16 billion euros. In Germany revenues fell 0.8%, but T-Mobile US saw a 12.5% rise in revenues driven by strong sales of smartphones. In the U.S., the operator sold 4.3 million smartphones in the quarter, up from 2.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. 

T-Mobile US attributed strong customer growth to its "Un-carrier" strategy, combined with a the addition of the iPhone to its handset portfolio. DT said: "T-Mobile US has radically simplified its rate system, made it yet more attractive compared with its competitors' systems, and separated the mobile service contract, which can be terminated at any time, from the handset contract. At the same time, the roll-out of the LTE mobile network was accelerated. The network now covers 157 million people, compared with the original plan of covering around 100 million people by the middle of the year."

"We are winning droves of customers on both sides of the Atlantic. Our strategy is bearing fruit: We are in the middle of a massive turnaround in the United States and we want to carry on along this successful course. We are prepared to spend more on high-value growth this year than previously planned," added RenĂ© Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom. "In Germany, we have regained market leadership in terms of mobile service revenues thanks to our well-known best network quality and top service. And we gained more customers at European subsidiaries, too." source: Deutsche Telekom presentation

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