Commenting on the 2016 results, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange Group, said:
“In 2016, we are reaping the benefits of our strategy of differentiation through investment and customer experience with the return to growth in our revenues and EBITDA. This is due to the efforts of our employees who I would in particular like to thank.Our investments are driving our commercial performance, led by very high speed fixed and mobile broadband and despite a level of competition that is intense and unprecedented, particularly in France. Our fibre customer base grew 75% with 3.3 million customers by the end of 2016 and our 4G customer base in Europe rose 58% with 28 million customers.
But they also enable us to improve the experience we offer our customers with, in particular, the opening of 136 new sites using our “Smart Store” concept.
Lastly, the acquisitions made over the year have added to our geographical footprint in Africa and strengthened our Enterprise activities in IT and specialist services, particularly in cyber security.
The confirmation of an improving trend allows us to consider a redistribution of the value created with, for our shareholders, a proposed increase in the dividend for 2017, a year that will be key for the Group with the launch of Orange Bank during the first half.”