Monday, January 1, 2007

BT Reaches Ten Million Broadband User Milestone

BT has reached the ten million broadband user milestone, smashing its initial target of five million connections by the end of 2006. That target was set in April 2002 when there were fewer than 150,000 DSL connections.

The ten million wholesale connections are shared between BT Wholesale and Openreach. BT Wholesale supplies services to more than 8.7 million customers (via service providers including BT Retail) whilst Openreach supplies more than 1.3 million lines to customers via local loop unbundlers.

Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive of BT Group, said: "2007 is beginning with broadband firmly established at the heart of the UK economy, helping businesses to compete and enriching people's lives. The UK now has over 200 service providers making it the most competitive broadband market in the world. That means fantastic choice and value for consumers, and a constant stream of new and innovative applications."

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