Increased revenues from IPTV and VoIP are still not sufficient to compensate for the losses in traditional fixed-voice services, says TeliaSonera.
In Sweden, the telco said revenues in the two areas doubled in the first quarter of 2010, when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2009. Net sales fell 3.2% to SEK4,539 million (€467.6 million). The number of IPTV subscribers in Sweden increased by 15,000 to 411,000 as of March 31.
Initiatives are underway in Sweden and Finland to stem the loss of fixed-voice subscriptions. However, TeliaSonera continues to strengthen its market position in IPTV. Close to 60% of broadband subscribers in Estonia and one third in Sweden and Lithuania are now triple play customers, though Estonia lost 5,000 IPTV subs on the quarter.
A new IPTV service has also been launched in Finland during March.
The total number of TV subscriptions rose by 135,000 from the first quarter of 2009 to 823,000, of which 633,000 were IPTV subscriptions. About 27% of TeliaSonera’s broadband customers also subscribe to the IPTV services. The total number of IPTV subscriptions increased by 13,000 during the quarter.