BT's first-quarter results for 2007/8 showed a modest three per cent growth in group revenue and profit over the same period last year. Profit for the quarter was £0.7bn on revenue of £5bn.
Three per cent may not seem like a stunning performance but, unlike many other telcos, BT does not have a large mobile division to drive growth.
BT's global business, which has previously grown at double-digit rates, slowed to five per cent growth over the quarter.
"If [BT Wholesale] can continue to win deals of this type under new chief executive Sally Davis it will show that investment in 21CN was a means to turn the network into a source of new revenues and much more than a network upgrade," he said.
A fifth of BT's revenue derives from networked IT services. "BT is no longer a traditional telephony-only business," said Cansfield. "We can expect more to be driven by software and IT in the future."
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