BT reaches 15 millionth broadband customer milestone

1 Sep 2010

British fixed line incumbent BT has announced that 15 million UK homes and small businesses now access broadband services via the telco’s network. Of those, five million connections come directly via the telco’s retail unit, BT Retail, while the remainder access services via alternative providers including BSkyB, TalkTalk and O2 UK. Having reported a total of just 200,000 broadband connections in August 2002, BT said that the rate of uptake equated to more than 5,000 new broadband connections coming online per day. Commenting on reaching the milestone, BT’s strategy director Olivia Garfield noted: ‘Broadband Britain has been a success story with widespread availability, low prices and high take up. People were sceptical when BT backed broadband in 2002 but the figures speak for themselves with the vast majority of new customers choosing broadband over BT’s network rather than alternative ones where prices are far higher. The story doesn’t end here as BT is now investing a further GBP2.5 billion (USD3.85 billion) to roll out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)