Bouygues Telecom has added 240,000 mobile customers in the first quarter of this year with continuous growth in its 4G customer base. It had 5.6 million 4G users at end-March 2016, representing 55% of the mobile base excluding M2M, compared with 36% in the first quarter of 2015. The growth of 4G was accompanied by a continuing increase in usage of mobile data, with customers' average monthly data consumption rising to 2.7 GB in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 2.2 GB in the first quarter of 2015.
Bouygues Telecom reported €1.13 billion in sales in the first quarter, up from €1.06 billion in the same period a year ago. The operator narrowed its net loss at €40 million, compared to €49 million in Q1 2015. Bouygues Telecom confirmed its target of a return to long-term growth in sales and profits and maintains its EBITDA target margin of 25% in 2017 with a plan to save at least €400 million in 2016 versus end-2013. Capital expenditure is expected to reach €750-800 million in 2016.