France Telecom, the French national telecoms operator and owner of Orange, has reported a rise of 28% in revenues for 2001. Revenues rose to E43.03 billion, compared to E33.68 billion in 2000. The performance was widely expected – the company had set a target to raise sales by at least 25%.
Fixed-line revenues in France rose to E19.83 billion, a rise of 6.3%. However, fixed-line revenues outside of France saw stronger growth of 31.1% to E6.96 billion. Its customer base rose 19% to 91.7 million clients worldwide.
Mobile phone subsidiary Orange also made a strong contribution to the figures. Revenues from Orange rose by 70.7% to E14.77 billion.
France Telecom has set itself a more modest target for 2002. The company is forecasting double-digit growth this year.