PARIS, March 10 France's low-cost telecom Iliad
posted a strong rise in sales and profit last year as
it invested to build its mobile network across France.
It recruited 2.8 million customers to its mobile service to
reach 12 percent market share since launching in January 2012.
Iliad also stands to benefit from the potential
consolidation of the French telecom sector now underway after
Vivendi received two bids for the country's
second-biggest operator SFR.
Revenue rose 19 pct to 3.7 billion euros ($5.13 billion),
EBITDA rose 31 percent to 1.2 billion euros, while net profit
was up 42 percent to 265 million.
Analysts had predicted sales last year of 3.75 billion
euros, EBITDA of 1.16 billion, and net profit of 299 million.
($1 = 0.7214 Euros)
(Reporting by Leila Abboud and Gwenaelle Barzic; Editing by