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Virgin Media halted a decline in broadband subscriber levels during the third quarter of the year, it has been revealed.

The broadband provider added 6,300 net cable subscribers in the three months to September 30th, following a loss of 36,000 customers in the previous quarter.

Operating income rose by 26 per cent between July and September to £128.4 million, however Virgin posted a pre-tax loss of £73.7 million after a series of one-off charges.

Virgin Media said more than a quarter of its 4.79 million cable customers now subscribe for broadband speeds in excess of 20Mb.

But the biggest success story for the firm was a four-fold increase in TiVo recordable TV subscriptions – some 222,000 households are now registered for this service.

Neil Berkett, Chief Executive of Virgin Media, said demand for super-fast connectivity is continuing to increase in the UK.

The firm is currently rolling out 100Mb fibre broadband across its UK network, with more than six million homes currently able to sign up for ultra-fast web services.

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