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BT Nears 2.6m Broadband Users

Posted: 18th May, 2006 By: MarkJ
BT has issued its preliminary first quarter (to 31st March) 2006 results, showing that the operators own ISP's (retail) had 2,584,000 broadband customers. Meanwhile BT Wholesale has delivered 7.9m broadband connections in the UK, including 356,000 local loop unbundled lines:

BT had 7.9 million wholesale broadband connections at March 31, 2006, including 356,000 local loop unbundled lines, an increase of 2.9 million connections year on year, with these connections available at up to 2Mbit/s. Continuing BT’s commitment to delivering higher speed broadband, DSL Max, which offers speeds of up to 8Mbit/s across the UK, was launched on 31 March. BT is offering its wholesale customers DSL Max at no extra cost to the existing 2Mbit/s service. In upgrading more than 5,300 exchanges to support this service, BT is providing the UK market with the highest stable speed broadband service across the widest national footprint in the world.

Broadband revenue grew by 35 per cent to £202 million with BT Retail connections at 31 March growing to 2,584,000, an increase of 11 per cent in the quarter. We achieved a 31 per cent market share of broadband net additions (DSL plus LLU) in the fourth quarter following the re-launch of the simplified broadband tariffs and updated advertising campaigns in October 2005. Consumer broadband net additions were 227,000 for the quarter, and we have seen a growing shift in the proportion of customers opting for higher value packages over the quarter.

BT Openzone is one of the leading providers of Wi-Fi services in the UK and Ireland. Recently awarded the Brainheart European Wi-Fi award in recognition of its contribution to the growth of the European Wi-Fi industry, we operate our own network of high quality sites and offer more wholesale and roaming connections than any other UK Wi-Fi network operator. We have already built the Openzone network in Westminster and Cardiff and have announced plans to Wi-Fi enable twelve further cities by the end of 2006. Our customers currently have access to more than 8,400 hotspots throughout the UK and Ireland and more than 30,000 globally.
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