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Broadband provider BT has revealed that its high-speed internet customer base has reached 4.8 million users.

The telecoms giant made the announcement as part of its financial results for the first quarter of 2009, when it confirmed that close to 100,000 subscribers signed up to its broadband packages during the period.

BT also disclosed that the number of minutes spent on its Openzone Wi-Fi service increased to 120 million during the quarter.

Chief Executive of BT Ian Livingston said the group was looking to "accelerate" its plans for future networks.

He added: "We will examine doubling the pace of the roll-out of super fast broadband next year … bringing fibre-based services within the reach of more than a million homes and businesses."

BT is currently the UK's biggest broadband provider in terms of customer base, followed by Carphone Warehouse, which now has about 4.25 million subscribers following its takeover of Tiscali.

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