Bouygues Telecom is back in the green

by bold-lichterman

  • The French operator posted a net profit of 83 million euros in 2016.
  • Last year, Bouygues Telecom’s turnover increased by 6% to 4.76 billion euros.
  • The operator has set a target of covering 92% of its network with 4G in 2017 and 99% in 2018.

Bouygues Telecom finds colors. The French operator posted a net profit of 83 million euros in 2016, against a loss of 59 million euros a year earlier. Over the same period, Bouygues Telecom’s turnover increased by 6% to 4.76 billion euros. As for the EBITDA, it stood at 916 million euros, up 21.8%.

Last year, Bouygues expanded its mobile fleet with 1.1 million additional customers, including 335,000 in the fourth quarter. In total, the operator now has 13 million mobile customers. In 2016, 4G gained ground and now affects 65% of its mobile base, or 6.9 million users.

99% 4G coverage in 2018

On the fixed line, the operator claims 3.1 million customers. Last year, Bouygues won 313,000 fixed customers, including 98,000 in the fourth quarter. The French group also has 482,000 very high speed customers. Of these, 121,000 are connected by FTTH (fiber to the home).

In 2016, Bouygues claims to have invested 1 billion euros gross in infrastructure for mobile and fixed. The operator plans to inject an additional 1.2 billion euros gross in 2017 to improve its 4G network and above all to prepare for the arrival of 5G. This investment will also allow Bouygues to accelerate the deployment of its FTTH network. The operator has set a target of covering 92% of its network with 4G in 2017 and 99% in 2018.

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