Thursday 21 September 2017

BT Ireland sales jump by 3pc

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

BT Ireland said sales jumped 3pc towards the end of last year as it continued to build on its core business.

The firm, which employs 3,000 people across the island of Ireland, said it secured new contracts with major enterprises, including a five year deal with the Ardagh Group in December

It has also signed new and existing contracts with customers in its wholesale division, including Colt Technology Services.

Colm O’Neill, chief executive, BT Ireland, said the results reflect a positive quarter for the BT Ireland business.

“We are continuing to challenge and succeed in the Republic of Ireland market by offering a unique IT services capability that is underpinned by our world class global network,” he said.

“On the wholesale side of our business, our extensive network investment continues to attract other communication service providers, enabling them to offer leading-edge fibre broadband technology to their customers.”

The company said while BT Ireland’s underlying revenue grew 3pc in quarter three, it does not have actual figures until its year end results after the end of March.

Company wide, BT Group results showed profit before tax up 8pc, earnings per share up 12pc, and growth in revenue in the last three months of last year.

"Our strategic investments are delivering,” said chief executive Gavin Patterson.

“It was another record quarter for fibre take-up and there are now more than 18 million premises with access to our fibre.”

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