5/21/2008 11:33:00 AM
Operators’ revenue drops despite more calls
The UK’s big four operators’ revenue declined in the final quarter of 2007, according to the latest set of figures from Ofcom.
Total mobile revenue for T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2 dropped by 1.4% during the fourth quarter of 2007, compared with the previous quarter, despite mobile call volumes increasing by 6% during the same period.
The reason given for the decline was a fall in revenue from calls and other charges.
Mobile call volumes grew by 18% during Q4, while fixed-line call volumes dropped by 10%, indicating a substitution of mobile phones for landlines. Strong growth in the number of SMS and MMS messaging continued into the last quarter of
Subscribers on the four networks sent 15.7 billion SMS and MMS messages in Q4 2007, a 14% increase on the number sent in Q3 2007.