* Q2 EBITDA 434 mln euros vs 475 mln euros expected
* Keeps 2012 outlook
BRUSSELS, July 27 Belgium's dominant telecoms
operator Belgacom missed market expectations with a 15
percent drop in second-quarter core profits, hit by its offering
of free soccer matches to its television customers.
Belgacom said the result at its consumer unit was also
affected by regulation and an adjustment to take into account a
change in the Belgian telecom law.
At the group level, core profit in the second quarter fell
15.2 percent to 434 million euros ($533.82 million), below the
475 million expected in a Reuters poll of seven analysts.
The group reiterated that it expects its 2012 revenues to
fall by about 1 percent in 2012, with core profit declining
between 5 and six percent.
The decline is based on the group's view that it will get
lower revenue from traditional phone calls -- both mobile and
fixed -- with some support from mobile data growth, due to the
increasing number of smartphones and tablets.
Belgacom, which competes with Mobistar and KPN's
BASE in the Belgian mobile market, used to show top
Belgian soccer league matches on a pay-per-view basis, a major
draw to its TV services, but lost those rights to cable rivals
Telenet and Voo in 2011.
The group has since decided to show selected matches free of
($1 = 0.8130 euros)
(Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip