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TalkTalk’s first-half results: focus on core business has brought subscriber growth, but the future is uncertain

William Hare Principal Analyst, Research

"TalkTalk needs to gain market share rapidly to achieve the necessary scale to make its low-cost offers sustainably profitable."

TalkTalk's results present a mixed picture, with subscriber growth overshadowed by a fall in revenue and EBITDA. Under its new management, it has taken a more focused strategy, concentrating on its core broadband business. The sustainability of its low-cost business model is in question.