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Deutsche Telekom shrugs-off Covid-19 impact in Q1

14 MAY 2020

Deutsche Telekom maintained stability despite the effects of the Covid-19  (coronavirus) pandemic in Q1, as revenue and profit both grew on the back of strong performances at home and abroad.

In a statement, CEO Timotheus Hoettges said the operator served “as an anchor of stability” in a global health crisis, while predicting an impact to revenue going forward as a result of the closure of shops, decrease in roaming, and companies cancelling or postponing IT projects.

The operator, however, added these effects will be offset by increased voice revenue and declines in mobile churn rates, leaving it confident enough to maintain its financial guidance for the year.

During Q1, revenue increased 2.3 per cent year-on-year to €19.9 billion, with net profit up 1.8 per cent to €916 million. Its top line was fuelled by significant increases in mobile and fixed-line customers in Germany, with post-paid mobile customers growing by 141,000. Domestic revenue increased 0.9 per cent to €5.4 billion.

Its T-Mobile US operation also registered increases in its final quarter before completing a merger with rival Sprint, with a 0.7 per cent increase in revenue to €10.2 billion. Deutsche Telekom said the merged company’s earnings will be reflected for the first time Q2 figures.

Deutsche Telekom’s European segment also delivered growth, driven by fixed and mobile service revenues, while customer numbers continued to rise.

It said its European operators racked up 110,000 new post-paid mobile customers, with revenue up 0.4 per cent to €2.9 billion.

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