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BT has posted a 2% rise in quarterly revenue for the three months ending September, amid rising broadband and TV earnings.

Revenue for the latest quarter came in at £4.38 billion, ahead of the £4.3 billion initially expected by analysts.

BT chief Gavin Patterson said the success, which comes after a planned £12.5bn acquisition of mobile network operator EE was given the go-ahead, was mainly driven by the company's investment in its BT Sport Europe TV channel.

“We’ve seen good demand for BT Sport Europe and this has helped us add a record number of BT TV customers in the quarter,” he said.

“Its contribution has been better than we expected, helping drive a 7% increase in BT consumer revenue.”

Patterson also cited a better-than-expected quarterly revenue from BT's fibre broadband services.

“Fibre broadband is a success story and we continue to invest heavily to help the UK remain a broadband leader among major European nations," he added.   

“Our open access fibre network now passes 24 million premises and we are not stopping there. We want to get fibre broadband to as many people as possible and we are also pushing ahead with our plans to get ultrafast broadband to 10 million premises by the end of 2020."

He continued by stating demand for fibre remains reasonably strong, with net fibre customer additions up 21%, leading the company to hit the 5 million milestone for number of premises connected.

Separate figures found that BT added 160,000 new customers to its Openreach network over the last quarter, bringing the overall number of connections to over 19.6 million.

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