In the case of Belarus, thanks to the acquistion of Garant (Gomel), the company’s susbsidiary velcom ended Q1 with 258,900 subscribers or 74.9% more than a year earlier.
Elsewhere, the pay-TV subscriber base grew by 2% to 488,100 in Bulgaria, 3.8% to 213,900 in Croatia and 1.5% to 54,200 in Slovenia, while in Macedonia it fell by 0.3% to 123,500.
Meanwhile, in A1 Telekom Austria’s home market, the number of pay-TV subscribers grew by 4.1% to 302,000.
In its latest set of results, the company notes that in the case of Slovenia, in the fixed-line sector TV content has become a major differentiation factor as some commercial TV channels have changed from a FTA to fixed-line-only distribution, for which customers now need to pay.
In Bulgaria fixed-line service revenues increased thanks to the launch of an exclusive sports TV package in Q1 2017.
In Croatia, the fixed-line business has profited from the acquisition of Metronet, which was consolidated in February 2017.
A1 Telekom Austria Group had total revenues of €1,075.9 million in Q1, or 1.2% more than in the same period last year, and EBITDA was up by 0.2% to €341.5 million.
The net result in Q1 was €24.5 million, compared to €96.4 million in the corresponding period in 2017. It was still adversely affected by the amortisation of the brand which started and was communicated in 2017.