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Internet service provider (ISP) BT continued to build its broadband deal subscriber base during the final quarter of 2010, it has been revealed.

The popularity of the firm's internet services saw it gain an additional 188,000 customers between October and December last year.

As a result, BT now boasts a total of 5,529,000 web subscribers, at least 38,000 of which are receiving BT Infinity's fibre broadband services.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive Officer at BT, explained that the acquisitions had helped boost pre-tax profits to £531 million, up by 30 per cent on the equivalent period in 2009.

"BT Retail had a good quarter with growth in business revenues and our highest share of DSL broadband net additions for eight years," he stated.

"Openreach benefited from a stronger broadband market and growth in its copper line base."

BT is continuing to invest in upgrading its copper broadband network to support next-generation fibre services capable of faster download speeds.

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