10/15/2008 11:06:00 AM
3's contract customer base up 16% in first half 2008
3 UK and Ireland emerged from the difficult first half of the year with 16% growth in contract customers, as financial results from parent company Hutchison Whampoa show.
The operator’s total customer base grew by 10% in the first six months of this year, reaching 4.8 million. Most of 3’s customers (3.2m) are on a contract. Prepay only grew by 1% in the period.
The majority of new customers added in the first two quarters are likely to be mobile broadband subscribers. The operator has 600,000 mobile broadband customers, the majority of which were signed on during the first six months of the year.
Average customer spending, however, fell during the first half of this year. ARPU for 3 customers dropped by 5% to £37.