BT adds 97,000 subscribers

BT added 97,000 pay-TV subscribers in Q4 2015, more than double its Q4 2014 total
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BT added 97,000 pay-TV subscribers in Q4 2015, more than double its Q4 2014 total.

The telecom company now has a total of 1.4 million TV subscribers.

BT Sport saw its average viewing increase by 46 per cent after securing the rights to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League coverage.

The company added 45,000 new pay-TV customers in Q4 2014.

Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT, stated that good customer growth in broadband, TV and mobile helped to grow ARPU by 7 per cent. “BT Consumer had a stand-out quarter, increasing its overall line base (number of fixed-line customers) for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71 per cent of new broadband customers.

“Customers like what we’re offering, whether that’s superfast broadband, Champions League football or mobile data bundles.”

BT’s quarterly pre-tax profit rose 24 percent to $1.23 billion (£862 million) and reported that it had its strongest revenue growth in more than seven years. Revenue grew up 3 percent to $6.44 billion (£4.5 billion).

The news comes shortly after BT sealed its £12.5 billion merger with EE to create the UK’s biggest telecoms company.

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