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BT has reaffirmed its commitment to offering the best possible broadband services "now and in the future".

According to Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT, the acquisition of EE has enhanced its capacity to invest "even further" in the services it offers.

This, he said, will enable people who live and work in the UK to get access to the best broadband, mobile and fixed line services for years to come.

BT went on to hail figures from Regeneris Consulting that show the company has boosted the UK economy by £23.1 billion over the last year and supported about 29,000 jobs through direct employment.

Mr Paterson said: "Few organisations have a more positive and direct impact on the UK economy and its many communities than BT.

"As well as providing the means for families, homeworkers, companies and other organisations to communicate and do business in new and exciting ways, BT is helping to support other firms and suppliers in the UK with the company’s procurement and overall expenditure and the spending of its employees."

Tim Fanning, Associate Director of Regeneris Consulting, added that collectively, BT and EE contributed about £1 in every £70 of economic output in the UK in 2015-16.

"This is clearly a very substantial combined economic footprint," he said.

"Moreover, this contribution is spread throughout communities up and down the country.”

BT recently confirmed in a trading statement that it attracted a further 76,000 retail broadband customers during the three months to the end of September.

This accounted for nearly two-thirds of DSL and fibre broadband market net additions during this period and took the overall figure past 9.1 million.

BT also saw strong growth in the superfast fibre broadband segment in Q3, with 216,000 retail net additions taking its overall customer base to 4.5 million.

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