French service provider Bouygues Telecom added 240,000 mobile connections in the first quarter of 2016, reaching 12.1 million connections by the end of March 2016. Around 5.6 million or nearly 55% of these were LTE connections. Compared with this the operator had just 36% of connections on LTE in same period the last year. This was excluding machine-to-machine connections. The French telco said LTE subscribers consumed an average of 2.7 gigabytes of data per month in Q1, compared with 2.2 GB in the first quarter of 2015.
In keeping with strong uptake of LTE services, the company hopes to cover nearly 99% of the population by 2018. As of now the coverage is nearly 72% of the country’s population. Bouygues plans to enhance its LTE coverage from 15,000 to 20,000 base stations in this period.
The company added 71,000 new consumers in the fixed broadband market, taking its total to 2.9 million total subscribers in this segment.
Bouygues’s overall sales reached 1.13 billion Euros ($1.27 billion) in the first quarter, up 6% when compared with revenue in the same period last year. It expects of spend CAPEX of 750 million and 800 million Euros for 2016.