Group net sales growth of 10 percent

Net sales amounted to SEK 11,064 (10,078) million corresponding to a growth of 10 percent in the quarter. EBITDA in Q2 2012 amounted to SEK 2,715 (2,809) million, equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 25 (28) percent.

Strong customer intake in market area Russia

In Q2 2012, Tele2 Russia added 693,000 (720,000) customers leading to a total ­customer base of 21.6 (19.7) million. EBITDA amounted to SEK 1,199 (1,115) million, equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 37 (39) percent.

Sustained mobile revenue growth in market area Nordic

Mobile revenue in Sweden grew by 6 percent, as customer demand for smartphones and data services increased further during the quarter. This trend was enhanced by a temporary marketing campaign during the months of March and April. As a result of increased marketing spend, the EBITDA margin was negatively affected. Tele2 Norway performed well ­during the quarter, with increased focus on moving traffic on to its own network, leading to robust EBITDA margin development.

Significant operational progress in market area Central Europe & Eurasia

During the quarter, Tele2 Kazakhstan completed the roll-out and commercial launch in the country, resulting in a customer intake of 759,000 (355,000). The total customer base amounted to 2.5 (0.7) million. The Baltic countries drove further cost cutting in the quarter, maintaining their firm EBITDA margin development.

Robust margin development in market area Western Europe

Tele2 Netherlands maintained a stable EBITDA margin compared to same period last year, despite tough market conditions in the consumer and business segments. Both Tele2 Austria and Tele2 Germany continued their stable operational development thanks to a combination of innovative product offers and tight cost control.