BT fibre optic broadband network now biggest in UK

BT’s financial results for the end of 2012 highlight expanding broadband network and expanding customer base.

BT has surpassed Virgin Media to become the biggest fibre optic broadband provider in the UK.

The company has just published its third quarter financial results - which covers October to December 2012 - reporting strong demand for its broadband packages.

The number of customers choosing BT broadband increased in Q3, as the company added around 122,000 retail broadband customers. That's a 7% increase in DSL and fibre customers, giving BT a healthy 44% share of the broadband market.

The provider continued expansion of its network. Between October and December last year, it passed more than 13million premises with fibre broadband - an increase of 1.3million from the last quarter. It now means that BT operates the biggest fibre network in the UK, overtaking its rival Virgin Media.

Demand for fibre continued to increase too, as BT added 200,000 fibre customers in the third quarter. Around 1.25million homes and businesses now take BT Infinity fibre optic broadband packages.

Also announced was that the number of BT Wi-Fi hotspots increased by around 40%. There are now 4.8million hotspots available, and people are using them - BT reported that Wi-Fi minutes continued to treble year on year, now reaching 3.9billion minutes.

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