EE has revealed that it has 318,000 customers on it 4G services, the first number released by the firm, as it aims for one million subscribers to its superfast network by the end of the year.
The firm announced the figures in its first quarter results for the 2013, and also confirmed that it now boasts 1,600 medium and large enterprises using its network for 4G. In total EE added 166,000 customers to its network over the quarter.
Its 4G business customers include NG Bailey, PA News, Reed Recruitment, RAC, Tate & Lyle and United Utilities.
Overall, though, EE saw its turnover for the quarter decline from £1,670bn in the first quarter of 2012 from £1,605bn in the same period, a decline of 3.9 percent. Full financial details will be only be released by EE in its half-yearly report, though.
EE also revealed some 4G usage stats from its customer base:
- Web and email browsing: 36 percent
- Video downloading/streaming: 26 percent
- Music downloading/streaming: 15 percent
- Social media: 12 percent
- Video calling: eight percent
- File sharing: two percent
While the growth to 318,000 customers on 4G is notable for EE, it still only represents a tiny fraction of its total user base at 2.3 percent.
The firm also confirmed it had decommissioned 548 network sites across the UK as it continues the network integration between Orange and T-Mobile, meaning over 3,000 sites have been shut since the programme began.
Chief financial officer for EE, Neal Milsom, was bullish on the results and said the firm was confident it would maintain its growth, especially as it plans to double its network speeds over the summer.
“We’re announcing 318,000 4G customers after just five months of trading, strong postpaid net adds and continued growth in our underlying average revenue per user,” he said.
“We expect to strengthen our industry leadership position in the year ahead as the 4G roll out continues and we introduce double-speed 4GEE.”
EE has had a headstart in the 4G market after Ofcom gave it the go-ahead to refarm its 1800MHz 3G spectrum for 4G services since October last year. Rivals O2 and Vodafone are set to come online with their offerings later this year, after the spectrum auctions concluded in February.
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