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BT Retail Tops 3.66 Million Broadband Customers

Posted: 17th May, 2007 By: MarkJ
BT has confirmed racking up a total of 3.66 million broadband subscribers. The new figure, which puts it well ahead of Virgin Media as the largest UK ISP, was revealed as part of the operator’s first quarter results.

Much like Virgin Media have done with Virgin.net, BT now includes the recent PlusNet acquisition in its total, hence the sudden increase. However PlusNet remains a semi-independent brand, which Virgin.net does not, thus the actual total is almost identical to Virgin Media's 3.4m:

In the quarter BT added another 245,000 connections, in addition to the 195,000 connections gained through BT’s recent acquisition of PlusNet, ending the quarter at 3.7 million broadband connections making BT the leading broadband retailer, by market share, in the UK. BT Retail’s share of broadband net additions (DSL and LLU) was 32 per cent in the fourth quarter. In addition more than half of our consumer customers who order broadband choose the higher value packages. BT's share of the installed base increased to 34 per cent as at March 31, 2007.

In addition BTWholesale reported the addition of a further 0.8 million xDSL and unbundled broadband lines through various UK ISP's, which now total 10.7 Million. The operator also issued a brief 21CN and ADSL2+ progress update:

21st Century Network
During the quarter, BT continued the process of migrating customers to its 21st Century Network (21CN) in South Wales and achieved further milestones.

The rebuild of BT's core national network is also continuing and we are on track to launch next generation broadband services to many of our customers nationally by Spring 2008.

We also continued the programme to roll out 21CN infrastructure outside the UK, with 21CN nodes established across a number of European markets.

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The company also continued a foundation trial for next generation broadband services based on ADSL2+ during the quarter in Cardiff. The trial is an important step in the delivery of next generation broadband services at up to 24 Mbps to customers across the UK from 2008 as part of the company’s rollout of 21CN.
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