This was up from the 478.200 total (+1.5%) recorded 12 months earlier.
The pay-TV total in Croatia also grew over the same period, from 202,400 to 211.000. However, in Macedonia it fell by 1% to 122,900.
In the company’s home market Austria, the fixed-line pay-TV subscriber total rose by 4.5% to 297,100 over the same period.
A1 Telekom Austria Group notes that in Bulgaria Mtel’s fixed-line business was driven by its content strategy, which included exclusive sports from Q1 2017. There was also growth in satellite TV RGUs.
In Croatia, Vipnet’s business benefited from the acquisition of Metronet, as well as the introduction of a new convergent portfolio.
The group as a whole had reported revenues of €4,382.5 million in 2017 (+4.1%), while its EBITDA was €1,397.3 million (+3.2%). Its net result was €345.5 million, down 16.4% on the previous year.