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BT Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has reflected on a "groundbreaking year" for the UK's largest broadband provider.

He said some key decisions were taken during 2014-15  - most notably to launch a £12.5 billion takeover bid for EE - in a bid to underpin the future growth of the business.

Mr Patterson explained that progress has been made in a number of areas, including broadband, mobile services and TV, helping to deliver increases profits before tax and improve cash flow.

“Our super-fast broadband network now passes more than three-quarters of the UK and we’ve announced plans to upgrade to ultra-fast," he stated.

"This will be another multi-year investment by Openreach and is the right thing for both BT and the UK, providing even faster speeds in an already competitive market."

Mr Patterson explained that the company's BT Sport channels are now being watched in more than 5.2 million homes, with the customer base growing again in Q4 2014-15.

He said BT is "pleased" to have secured Barclays Premier League football rights for a further three years, and signed a new four-year TV deal for Aviva Premiership Rugby.

"With exclusive live football from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, we’ll be showing even more top sporting action from this summer," Mr Patterson added.

On mobile services, he explained that BT has forged ahead with its own mobility plans, while it awaits approval for its EE acquisition from the Competition and Markets Authority.

The firm launched the BT Mobile consumer service in March, offering "great value" packages for existing customers.

Mr Patterson explained that a number of "innovative services" have been launched for business customers over the past year, including BT Assure Threat Defence, BT One Phone and BT Cloud Voice.

“We will continue to deliver on our investments and improve the service we provide to our customers," he added.

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