British telecommunications group Vodafone reported on Friday a forecast-beating organic service revenue results in its first quarter after strong performance in Italy and Spain as well as a step up in demand in Turkey but saw its overall revenue decline from the prior year.

Vodafone’s chief executive Vittorio Colao said that they made a good start to the year in Europe, where their commercial momentum is still going strong and growth accelerated across Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP) region.

Colao said that the current figures were positively in line with expectations and even though competition in India is still intense, service revenues of the company stabilized compare with the previous quarter.

Analyst George Salmon also sees Vodafone’s first quarter results to be encouraging for the European businesses adding that the company seems to be gaining a footing in the long-term pursuit to boost customer retention.