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BT continued to gain broadband customers during the third quarter of 2013, with the service provider boosted by the launch of its BT Sport service.

A net gain of 156,000 retail broadband subscribers was made between July and September 2013, taking BT's total to 6.96 million.

The firm also added 195,000 retail fibre broadband customers - many of whom upgraded from BT DSL services - meaning there are now 1.7 million BT Infinity customers.

BT claimed to have secured 93 per cent of the UK's net broadband additions during Q3 2013, as many people switched providers to take advantage of BT Sport.

The pay-TV platform - which launched in August and offers live Barclays Premier League football and Aviva Premiership rugby union, among other sports - is available free to BT broadband subscribers.

In terms of finances, BT's consumer revenues rose by four per cent during the quarter, driven by a 17 per cent increase in broadband and TV takings.

The service provider added 70,000 BT TV customers during the third quarter, taking the customer base to over 900,000.

Home phone call and line rental losses were also at their lowest for five years, with revenues down by just one per cent in a contracting market.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer at BT, said the company had witnessed "good results" during the July to August 2013 period. 

He noted that BT's fibre network is proving to be a major success, with strong adoption rates for super-fast Infinity broadband deals, and claimed BT Sport has made "a confident start".

"I feel privileged to be the new Chief Executive Officer of BT and am determined to build on the strong foundations that are already in place," Mr Patterson stated.

"These are exciting times for the company and we are determined to deliver our strategy with energy and discipline."

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