Everything Everywhere has released mixed financial results, reporting overall revenue down two per cent over a nine-month period to £5.2bn despite adding 300,000 customers in the most recent quarter.
The combined Orange and T-Mobile added 752,000 new customers in the past nine months, but total customers fell slightly year on year from 28.18 million to 27.98 million owing largely to a drop in pre-pay customers.
Everything Everywhere looked to downplay the loss in revenue by claiming 1.5 per cent growth after "regulatory impact" was taken into account.
Tom Alexander, chief executive of Everything Everywhere, hailed 2010 as a year of achievement, and focused on the strong performance of T-Mobile.
"We continued the rapid integration of the new company, completing a companywide restructuring, and maintained good commercial momentum throughout, with improved retention and growth on our contract customer base," he said.
"Despite continued regulatory and competitive pressures it has been a strong end to the year, with T-Mobile showing its strongest growth for over two years. "
By comparison, O2's mobile base in the UK grew by 4.8 per cent to 22 million in the third quarter of 2010. The operator added 352,000 customers in the quarter, an increase of 20.4 per cent year on year.
Everything Everywhere cut 1,200 back-office and management jobs in October as part of a restructuring plan as the firm looks to save £3.5bn by 2014.
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