Elisa registered an increase in revenues and EBITDA in the three months to 30 September despite a marked increase in mobile churn.

Group revenues jumped 8.4 percent to €454 million as the operator registered growth across its retail and enterprise arms.

Growth in mobile services sales, up 6.3 percent to €204 million, was the main driver.

During the quarter, the company added 9,600 mobile customers, taking its total subscriber base to 4.71 million, and ARPU ticked up from €17.7 to €17.8

However, churn increased from 18.2 percent in Q2 to 23.4 percent as competition intensified.

Elisa’s network carries the most mobile data in Finland and the fourth most mobile data in Europe.

CEO Veli-Matti Mattila said: “We will be the first operator to introduce 5G readiness to the mobile network in Finland.

“The network’s construction has begun in Tampere, which is the first city in which the new network will be implemented on such a large scale.

“Once complete, the new network will provide the area with faster and more reliable internet connections.”

[Read more: Elisa joins Nokia in Finnish smart city project]

In fixed line, its customer base remained broadly flat at 1.5 million as growth in TV offset declines in telephony.

The operator did not break out the financial performance of fixed-line services, but Mattila said three new original TV series would launch “soon” as the company looks to boost its entertainment offering.

Last month, it launched a new TV service in Estonia as it looks to leverage its acquisition of local cableco Starman.

The rise in revenues helped to push Ebitda up 7.4 percent to €165 million.

“We will continue our determined work to improve both customer satisfaction and our efficiency,” Mattila said.

“Improving our productivity, developing new services for our customers, and maintaining our strong investment capability will create a solid foundation for competitive operations in the future as well.”

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