Deutsche Telekom, a leading global telecommunications company, has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2023. Despite facing complex market conditions, the company showcased resilience with notable achievements across its various markets.
Revenue Dip and Organic Growth: During the second quarter, Deutsche Telekom reported a 2.4 percent drop in revenue, amounting to €27,221 million.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hottges expressed optimism, highlighting the positive development of their businesses in the face of challenging market environments. The company achieved organic growth in service revenues, earnings, and free cash flow.
German Market Dominance: Deutsche Telekom continued to assert its dominance in the German market. The company witnessed ongoing customer growth across all sectors, solidifying its position as the strongest provider in the region. Notably, 67,000 broadband net additions were recorded during the quarter, showcasing strong demand for high-speed internet. Additionally, over 43 percent of consumers subscribed to plans offering bandwidths of 100 Mbit/s or higher. The company’s TV services, branded as Magenta TV, saw net additions surpassing the previous year’s figures. Furthermore, the adoption of FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) lines increased by over 38 percent compared to the previous year.
Mobile Growth in the United States: In the United States, Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiary T-Mobile US exhibited robust growth. The company achieved 1.6 million postpaid net additions during the quarter, surpassing the combined growth of its nationwide competitors, Verizon and AT&T. Notably, T-Mobile US achieved the lowest churn rate in the industry at just 0.77 percent, showcasing strong customer retention. The company also saw remarkable growth in high-speed internet services, with 3.7 million customers utilizing this offering.
Positive European Trends: The European segment of Deutsche Telekom maintained its positive trajectory during the second quarter. The company experienced a revenue increase of 6.2 percent, reaching €2.9 billion. Earnings also grew by 3.9 percent year-on-year, marking an impressive streak of 22 consecutive quarters of adjusted EBITDA AL growth. The growth in customer numbers also remained strong, particularly in broadband lines, fixed-mobile convergence products, TV services, and mobile contract net additions.
Systems Solutions and Investments: T-Systems, a division of Deutsche Telekom, reported a 4.8 percent increase in revenue during the second quarter, reaching €959 million. The company remains on track to meet its annual targets.
Deutsche Telekom’s investments during the second quarter totaled €4.4 billion, reflecting a 9.3 percent decrease in Capex. Investments were particularly emphasized in Germany, focusing on the expansion of FTTH infrastructure. In contrast, reduced investments were noted in the United States due to the completion of the accelerated 5G network build-out in previous years.
Despite challenges and fluctuations in revenue, Deutsche Telekom’s strategic initiatives, strong market positions, and commitment to innovation continue to drive growth across its various markets. The company’s ability to adapt to changing market dynamics while maintaining a focus on customer satisfaction remains a key factor in its ongoing success.