2degrees delivered a maiden profit in the year ending December 31, 2016, repeating year-on-year double digit increases in revenue while doubling the size of its broadband subscriber base.
The full service national telecommunications provider lodged its financial statements for 2016 with the Companies Office today. The statements show how the company's continued investment in its mobile network has begun to show green, delivering revenue of $702.7m and a a modest yet significant $13.4m profit.
2degrees chief executive Stewart Sherriff said the result was an important milestone for the seven year old telco, which grew its postpaid mobile customer base by 19% through innovation and value leadership.
“Last year was a turning point for 2degrees. Total revenue grew as average customer revenues increased, while network costs reduced as we completed a mobile network extension programme. Our mobile customers enjoy 97.5% coverage,” he says.
“It was also the first full year of 2degrees broadband, with customer numbers growing more than 100% as our full service bundle gained traction in the consumer market and our Telecommunications as a Service (TaaS) offering attracted large government organisations such as Ministry for Primary Industries.”
Sherriff says the most satisfying result was of course the maiden profit of $13.4m, reversing the previous year’s $33.1m loss.
“For the team, 2016 provided a real sense of achievement. The business is maturing, while remaining true to its identity as the leader in market innovation,” he says.
“What started as a prepay mobile price play has become so much more, with national mobile and broadband networks serving all market segments.”
Sherriff says previous years’ investments in network and technology have enabled the recent launch of New Zealand’s first unlimited mobile data plan, along with the introduction of ‘Data Clock’, offering time-based data for prepay customers for the first time in New Zealand.
Seekling success outside of metropolitan and commercial areas, 2degrees is also looking at opportunities in rural New Zealand. The company is part of the Rural Connectivity Group to deliver the government’s RBI2 network, which would see it invest in shared infrastructure with competitors to increase rural broadband connectivity.