The second quarter of 2013 was rather subdued in terms of net additions for the UK broadband subscriber market, with just 189,400 subscribers added bringing the country’s total broadband base to just below 22.3 million. Performance was better than in the same quarter a year ago, which only managed 162,700 net additions.
Virgin Media lost 3,200 net broadband cable subscribers during the second quarter of 2013, bringing its total cable broadband base to 4,306,400. Its losses in general were attributed to higher churn due in large part to student movers at the end of the academic year. The company’s off-net base also fell as in previous quarters, standing at 168,600 at the end of June 2013.
BT Retail has raised its market share, gaining 0.17% during the quarter and over half a percentage point year-on-year to leave it with 30.5% of the retail broadband market. Broadband additions were 95,000 during Q2 2013, up nearly 12% on Q1 2012 figures.
TalkTalk Telecom Group added 8,000 broadband subscribers during Q2 2013, meaning growth for the last three consecutive quarters. It now has 4,071,000 broadband customers and takes 18.3% of the market, having only dropped slightly by 0.12% during the quarter.
British Sky Broadcasting Group published consolidated results for the first time following the acquisition of Telefónica UK’s O2 and its Be consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony business completed on 30 April 2013. Sky added 119,000 broadband subscribers from organic growth during Q2 2013 and 400,000 through the acquisition, leaving the service provider with a total broadband base of 4,906,000.
EE had a strong quarter adding 10,000 subscribers, taking its total broadband base to 704,000. This builds on the 1,000 additions during Q1 2013 and suggests the service provider’s fortunes are on the rise again following a difficult end of 2012.