When most broadband providers are still showing a net growth in the number of subscribers, it must be worrying for Orange to have a drop of 10.3% in the ADSL customer base in the first half of 2009. The total is currently 954,000, whereas back in 2007 the firm had some 1,142,000 ADSL customers. Interestingly Orange still reports the number of dial-up customers which stands at 93,000.
The loss of customers is partially offset by the cost savings that having 45.3% of your customers on an unbundled connection produce. Of course Orange is actually France Telecom and has interests in a number of countries, so with some 186 million customers across all its products, a 6.6% rise year on year, the loss of 100,000 ADSL customers seems less of an issue.