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BT continued to grow its broadband deal subscriber base during the first quarter of the year, it has been revealed.

Latest company accounts show that the internet service provider (ISP) achieved 162,000 customer additions between January and March 2011.

In total, the ISP now has 5,691,000 broadband subscribers in the UK, with many others receiving web services using BT's network infrastructure.

More UK households signed up for a BT Infinity broadband deal during Q1 2011, with the number of fibre customers increasing by 5,000 per week over the three-month period.

At the end of March, the ISP had 144,000 subscribers to its 40Mb broadband service.

BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston said the company had delivered increased profits while making a significant investment in its national broadband network.

"We have consolidated our position as the leading provider of broadband in the UK with our highest quarterly share of DSL broadband net additions for eight years," he stated.

"BT Global Services order intake was up ten per cent at £7.3 billion and it has turned cash flow positive a year ahead of plan."

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