BT sells 60k YouView boxes

UK telco BT has posted encouraging sales figures of YouView set-top boxes, with over 60,000 customers now using the devices, which it started selling towards the end of last year.

The company also continued to inch closer towards the significant milestone of 1mn subscribers for its IPTV service ‘BT Vision’, adding 21,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2012 to reach a total of around 770,000.

BT added 122,000 retail broadband customers in the three-month period, with a slight decline in DSL subscribers more than compensated for by the addition of 200,000 customers for its fibre broadband services, bringing the latter total to over 1mn and representing 16% of the total retail broadband customer base.

Commenting on the telco’s fibre progress, CEO Ian Livingston said: “Our fibre plans are helping to make the UK a broadband leader in Europe. More than 13 million premises can access our fibre broadband and we are passing around 100,000 additional premises every week.

“Take-up is growing strongly with around 1.25 million homes and businesses now enjoying the benefits of faster speeds. This gives us an excellent platform for our push into TV and Sport later this year. Our pre-season training is going well. We have secured attractive new content and world class production facilities at the Olympic Park and are building a strong team.

“Our engineers have worked tirelessly following some of the wettest weather on record. Not only did they complete a record number of field visits in the quarter, they also connected a further 281,000 homes and businesses to broadband and helped us grow the number of landlines.”

Total revenues across all operations and markets for the fourth quarter of 2012 reached GB£ 4.359bn (US$ 6.9bn), down 9% year-on-year, while pre-tax profits fell 4% to reach GB£ 628mn.

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