BT Reaches 15 Millionth Customer Landmark

Telecommunication giant BT has announced that it has managed to connect its 15 millionth broadband customer, a major milestore for the company as it looks to fend off competition from Virgin Media.

The tally was reached a few days ago with more than five million via BT Retail itself and the rest via other companies that use BT Openreach to connect their own customers.

BT says that three quarters of homes and businesses in the UK are now connected to wired or wireless broadband.

Virgin Media has 4.2 million customers via its cable infrastructure, which means that the total number of broadband connections in the UK should be approaching 20 million.

As reported earlier, more than 9 million people have never used the internet with a majority saying that they do not feel the need to be connected.

Olivia Garfield, BT strategy director, said in a statement that "Broadband Britain has been a success story with widespread availability, low prices and high take up."

BT has managed to connect more than 5000 customers every day for the past eight years, which means that UK now has a bigger percentage of its household on broadband, compared to US, France or Germany.