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BT increased its retail broadband customer base by 420,000 during 2012-13, it has been revealed.

The firm saw a seven per cent increase in the number of households with a BT broadband deal - with this figure standing at 6.7 million at the end of Q1 2013.

Overall, the number of homes taking broadband services delivered over BT's network increased by 834,000 to 17.6 million.

More than 150 different service providers now deliver broadband deals using this platform.

BT revealed it has now passed more than 15 million premises with its fibre broadband network, meaning more homes and businesses can access super-fast download speeds.

This figure is up by 6.2 million on the number recorded 12 months ago.

"There are now more than 1.5 million homes and businesses using our fibre-based services, having more than doubled in the year with 873,000 net connections," BT noted.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive at BT, said the service provider is delivering on its promises.

"In an environment where it is easier to focus only on the short-term, we are investing in our future and delivering growth in profits and dividends," he stated.

"We are driving fibre across the UK, launching high-quality sports channels, investing in the high-growth regions of the world and will use our Wi-Fi capabilities and 4G spectrum to make sure our customers will be the best connected."

Mr Livingston said BT has created around 3,000 new jobs in the UK over the last year to support these investments.

“Our focus on improving efficiency across the business will allow us to continue to deliver strong financial results whilst making these investments," he claimed.

“We have a lot more to do but we are now a lot better positioned to do it.”

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