Small increase in broadband customers at Orange
Orange shows further signs of slowly turning back towards growth in the fixed broadband area, after a few quarters of static customers numbers, preceded by a month on month decline since 2007 the operator has reported a rise of 1,000 in the last quarter to 714,000 subscribers.
The results can be downloaded as a zip file from the Everything Everywhere website. Their analysis places some of the turn around on things like the fixed line broadband being sold at T-Mobile shops now, and while the subscriber numbers to fixed broadband are improving slowly, apparently there is a 11% year on year growth in revenue, and 97% of new customers are taking a line rental and mobile bundle.
The odd rumour about Orange starting to offer fibre services does appear, but until such time as they are properly available, not offering the Openreach FTTC and FTTP services will continue to hurt any attempts at fixed line broadband growth.