O2: Steady ship in choppy waters

2 March 2020

O2’s performance in the quarter to December 2019 is likely broadly in line with that of the previous couple of quarters, save for the impact of the annualisation of the launch of Custom Plans.

Sustaining service revenue and OIBDA growth at -2% in these challenging times is a good performance particularly as the shift to direct distribution continues to drag on service revenue trends.

The industry outlook remains very challenging particularly from heightened competition from Vodafone and H3G. O2 looks set to fare better than most on the issue of out-of-contract notifications but the likely loss of 36-month contracts by year end will be a blow. Customer focus and innovation will remain key to their success.

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