BT has revealed that it now has over two million active connections on its Openreach fibre network after 316,000 additions in the second quarter for 2013.
The figure includes 195,000 customers upgrading to fibre with BT Retail, while the rest were connections from rivals such as Sky and TalkTalk over the Openreach network. In total BT Retail now has 1.7 million fibre customers.
The uptake helped BT to revenues for the quarter of £4.491bn, almost exactly the same as the £4,493bn for the same quarter in 2012. The rise in broadband connections was attributed in part to the launch of BT Sport, which comes free with its broadband service.
The new chief executive of BT Gavin Patterson said the results were good and set the firm up for a strong second half of its financial year, especially with strong uptake of BT Sport.
“Our fibre network now passes more than 17 million premises. It is open to all and many other service providers have now got behind it,” he said.
“BT Sport has made a confident start and is already delivering for viewers. More than two million of our customers are signed up to it and our wholesale contract with Virgin Media means it is available to around four million homes in total."
Business divisions within BT saw a mixed quarter. There was a growth of seven percent in IT services and six percent higher broadband revenues, but there was a decline by five percent in call and line revenues. BT Conferencing hardware sales also fell by one percent.
The firm also revealed it has now started rollouts for 22 of the 44 rural broadband contracts it has won on the back of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework.
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