Bouygues Telecom sets Capex targets for mobile and FTTH

Bouygues Telecom CEO Richard Viel has revealed that its Capex reached €1.242 billion in 2018.
Bouygues Telecom HQBouygues Telecom launched over 200 projects to improve user experience on its mobile and fixed network.

The company has set a target of over 28,000 mobile sites by end-2023 and 12 million FTTH premises by end-2019 and 20 million in 2022.

Bouygues Telecom, France’s third-biggest mobile operator, faces competition from Orange, Iliad and Altice Europe’s SFR to win customers for their fixed and mobile businesses.

Bouygues Telecom added over 1,963,000 mobile customers in 2018 including 587,000 in Q4 of 2018. Its total mobile customer base reached 16.4 million at end-December 2018. Mobile plan customers excluding M2M reached 10.9 million. It added 573,000 M2M customers in 2018.

Bouygues Telecom added 102,000 FTTH customers in Q4 2018. The company doubled its FTTH penetration rate to 16 percent in 2018. It had 569,000 FTTH customers in December 2018. The company had 3.7 million fixed customers last year, an increase of 235,000.

Bouygues Telecom has expanded its very-high-speed fixed broadband network to 30.6 million premises from 10.6 million in 2017.

Bouygues Telecom reported sales of €5.344 billion (+6 percent) on back of 5 percent rise in services in 2018. EBITDA reached €1,268 million with EBITDA margin of 29.8 percent in 2018 and operating profit was €753 million in 2018.

Bouygues Telecom today announced it will acquire Nerim for an undisclosed sum. The deal is in line with the company’s strategy of accelerating its expansion into the market of micro-businesses, SMEs and intermediate-sized businesses. Earlier, Bouygues Telecom acquired stake in Keyyo.