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BT Tops 5m Broadband Users and Touts Faster Next Gen Fibre Rollout

Posted: 23rd Dec, 2009 By: MarkJ
btUK ISP BT has revealed that its retail service has, on 9th December, finally passed the 5 Million broadband customers mark. The operator also added that its £1.5bn rollout of next generation fibre optic broadband services ( FTTC , FTTP ) is several months "ahead of schedule" and now on course to complete and reach 40% (10 Million) UK homes by March 2012.

It's certainly a far cry from the 135,000 ADSL broadband connections that existed all the way back in 2002, though these days the majority of the country's 14m or so ADSL broadband customers prefer to use cheaper unbundled solutions to BT Retails' own options. Lest we not also forget the 4m+ Cable Modem broadband users from providers like Virgin Media UK.

John Petter, MD of BT’s Consumer Division, said:

"We are thrilled to have passed the 5 million mark and it’s now full speed ahead for 6 million. Broadband has the ability to transform people’s lives and the fact that we are still showing strong take-up when there are more than 14m ADSL broadband customers in the UK is testament to the unique benefits of being connected.

The UK’s intensely competitive market for broadband has meant that UK customers have enjoyed superb innovation and low prices. There is more to come, as we believe bringing the content of things like iPlayer and ITVPlayer to the TV set via broadband is going to have a transformational effect when we launch Project Canvas with our partners next year."

The customer who signed up to be the five-million woman was chip shop worker Elizabeth Patterson of East Kilbride, Glasgow. She has won a luxury trip to Vancouver to watch the Winter Olympics, including the closing ceremony. BT is the official communications partner for the London 2012 Olympics.

Elsewhere BT has again warned that extending its rollout of new fibre optic based broadband services beyond the 40% mark would require some degree of government intervention / subsidy. Naturally BT would like a big slice of the planned 50p per month tax on all fixed phone lines, although the forthcoming general election could result in a Conservative government that would scrap its implementation in favour of a lower tax on fibre.
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