BT has added 63,000 TV customers in Q2, bringing its total to 1.7 million. The telco says that at BT Sport, it is benefiting from a new Saturday early evening slot for Premier League matches, with better viewing figures than last year. BT Sport programme rights charges were up 54 per cent mainly as a result of UEFA rights charges.
BT has passed over 26 million premises with its superfast fibre broadband network. In total, this means 92 per cent of the UK now has access to fibre broadband from BT or other networks. “We remain on track to help bring fibre broadband to 95 per cent of the country by the end of 2017, with plans to go even further. Our plans to make ultrafast broadband available to up to 12 million premises by the end of 2020 are also progressing well and we will soon extend our G.fast pilots to another 12 locations. This means our ultrafast network will pass 500,000 premises by April 2017,” says BT.
In July, BT’s Media and Broadcast business completed work upgrading 20 leading football stadiums around the UK with an ultrafast fibre network. 40Gbps of fibre capacity will run directly from each Premier League football ground to the BT Tower, delivering live footage of matches to both national and global audiences.