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A strong performance in BT's broadband division helped the wider company achieve strong growth in revenues and profits between March and June.

Revenues at the telecoms company rose by 35 per cent during the quarter to £5.7 billion, while pre-tax profit went up by 13 per cent to £717 million.

This was fuelled largely by strong demand for its broadband services, as BT achieved 79 per cent of broadband net adds during the three-month period.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT, has hailed the results, saying it has "made a good start to the year".

"We remain focused on improving customer experience," he commented. 

"We’ve reduced engineer missed appointments by more than a third since last quarter and Openreach is again ahead on all 60 minimum service levels set by Ofcom."

Mr Patterson also noted that fibre broadband is now available to more than 25 million premises and seeing strong take-up rates.

In addition, he said the company's integration of EE is "progressing well" and its customers are "seeing the initial benefits" of the deal, as BT Sport is now available to EE pay monthly customers.

Mr Patterson highlighted the renewal of BT Sport's FA Cup rights as another highlight of the quarter, while he also said it is looking forward to showing more Premier League fixtures at a "much better time slot" next season.

"Our customers can also look forward to all the exclusive live action from the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League once again this year," he continued.

Mr Patterson added that BT will be pressing ahead with its fibre rollout in the coming months, as well as 4G through the Emergency Services Network Contract.

He said BT's aim is to make these services as universally available as possible, while also deploying "a new generation of ultrafast broadband". 

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