Kabel Deutschland KDG, Germany’s largest cable operator, has reported an upward trend and success in the marketing of broadband and telephony services over the network. In the second quarter of the year the operator said it has seen growth in both of these areas as well as in the uptake of digital television.
The total number of digital TV subscribers, has risen from 549,000 (June 30, 2006) to 718,000 (June 30, 2007). The combined number of telephony and broadband subscriptions rose in the same period from 162,000 to 386,000. Turnover rose from €229.9 million in Q1 to 254.2 in Q2. ARPU rose from €7.50 a month to €8.20. However, the total number of RGUs went down from 9,600,000 on June 30, 2006 to 9,258,000 a year later. The company did not elaborate on the reasons, but the decline is probably due to cancellations of analogue subscriptions.
EBITDA rose from €90.5 million in Q1 to €107.6 million in Q2, an increase of 19%. The net results of the company amount to a loss of €4.3 million euro compared with 13.1 in Q1. Kabel Deutschland expects to start reporting positive quarterly results from 2008 onwards.