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BT continued to extend its fibre broadband coverage during Q2 2013, with 16 million UK homes and businesses now able to sign up for a super-fast connection.

The service provider's latest quarterly results reveal that 1.7 million customers were receiving fibre broadband via its network, with 265,000 net connections added between April and June.

BT added 197,000 retail fibre broadband customers via its own packages, up by around 30 per cent on the equivalent quarter last year. As such, the firm currently has 1.5 million subscribers on a BT fibre broadband deal.

Chief Executive Ian Livingston commented that fibre remains "at the heart" of BT's growth plans. He said that take-up of BT super-fast broadband deals is "strong", and network coverage continues to increase.

BT revenue increased by one per cent during Q2 2013, reaching a total of £4.449 billion, while pre-tax profits rose by five per cent to £595 million.

Mr Livingston claimed that BT "continues to make good progress", delivering another quarter of "solid growth" in underlying profit before tax.

"This is despite the impact of regulation and the significant investments we are making for the future," he added.

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