Belfast Telegraph

Broadband and sport channels help BT up its game

By David Elliott

Telecoms company BT ramped up its pre-tax profits across the UK in the second quarter of the year helped, it said, by strong growth of its fibre broadband service and increased take up of its sports channels.

It made £609m in the second quarter of the year, a 2% increase on the same time last year and although profits for the island of Ireland aren't given, the group said revenue also climbed 2%.

It said fibre broadband take up in Northern Ireland is continuing to grow and is up 50% year on year and that 25 communications companies are using its BT fibre network across the region.

That, combined with what the company said was a confident initiation for BT Sport, has helped boost performance here, Colm O'Neill, chief executive officer of BT in Northern Ireland, said.

"BT continues to make good progress in the Northern Ireland market. Fibre remains at the heart of our plans, and take-up has increased 50% year on year, as more consumers and businesses experience how high speed broadband transforms everything from education to entertainment," he said.

"BT Sport has had a strong start and after only 13 weeks since launch we've four million viewers."

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