1/24/2007 2:57:00 PM
Retail revenue declines for Voda and Orange
Consumer expenditure on the Vodafone and Orange networks fell between 2005 and 2006, according to Ofcom's latest mobile market data tables for the months of April to June 2006.
Estimated retail revenues generated for calls, SMS and MMS, by Vodafone fell to £914m from £923m between Q2 2005 and 2006, while Orange's revenues fell from £779m to £732m over the year.
Ofcom's estimated revenues, which exclude revenues from connections and ring tone services, for O2 and T-Mobile rose between Q2 2005 and the same period in 2006, from £804m to £895m, and from £526m to £660m respectively.
Ofcom said O2 accounted for the largest call volumes during the quarter, including 5.2 billon minutes of UK calls, 74 millon minutes of outgoing international calls and 123 million minutes of calls while roaming abroad.
The regulator said Vodafone made 1.2 million connections during the period, O2 made 1.7 million, T-Mobile made 1.9 million connections, and Orange one million.
At the end of the quarter, O2 and T-Mobile had a similar number of subscribers, at 16.8 million and 16.7 million respectively. But the threshold period for active subscribers is 90 days for all networks except T-Mobile, which uses a 180-day activity definition.
Vodafone's 13.9 million subscribers at the end of the period included 6.4 million contract subscribers and 7.5 million prepay subscribers. Orange's 14.9 million comprised 4.7 million contract and 10.2 million prepay subscribers. Orange's contract subscribers fell slightly between Q2 2005 and 2006, while the other networks increased their contract subscriber numbers for the comparable period between 2005 and 2006.