Operator earnings roundup: Rogers and Virgin up; UPC stable

Comcast wasn't the only operator reveling in improved first quarter performance figures. Rogers Communications, Canada's multi-faceted telecommunications provider, reported a 23 percent rise in quarterly earnings and a 5 percent revenue gain precipitated by "strong wireless network and cable operations."

London, U.K.-based Virgin Media, meanwhile, reported a wider first quarter net loss of $244.6 million but an increase in the cable TV segment where average revenue per user was up 5.3 percent and 38,300 new cable TV customers came aboard in the quarter.

Finally, Liberty Global's UPC Hungary unit said that despite a tough year in 2009 it's subscriber base was stabilizing. Year-on-year the company gained 4.6 percent more broadband Internet subs to end with 336,300; 11.86 percent more voice subs, to end at 252,700; 1.64 percent more satellite TV users or 186,000 subscribers; and double the digital cable customers at 157,400. On the loss side, analog TV users eroded 24.48 percent from 593,900 to 448,500 year over year.

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