BT claims advances in football duel

PITCH BATTLE: BT says its football offering is helping it win its battle with Sky as fans sign up to watch their teams, including Newcastle and Sunderland

PITCH BATTLE: BT says its football offering is helping it win its battle with Sky as fans sign up to watch their teams, including Newcastle and Sunderland

First published in Business News

BT says its Premier League offering is helping it win its battle with Sky as it grew broadband and TV revenues by a quarter.

The telecoms firm said it added a net 104,000 broadband customers in the three months to the end of June.

The figures marked a fourth successive period in which it outperformed its rival on the measure.

BT is about to begin its second season of a £738m deal to screen 38 top-flight games a year for three years.

It has also paid £897m for a three-year Champions League deal from 2015.

Bosses said its TV sport offering helped grow revenues in its consumer division, which were up 10 per cent to £1.04bn compared with the same period last year.

Broadband and TV revenues increased 26 per cent.

Gavin Patterson, BT chief executive, said: "We have made a good start to the year and are building on solid foundations."

The firm added its roll-out of its fibre network, which can be used by it and other internet providers, had reached more than 20 million premises.

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