Britain's BT Group has today posted the best revenue growth for seven years in its latest quarter.
Revenues were driven by a strong performance in consumer broadband and put the company in a strong position to incorporate the mobile market leader EE.
BT's chief executive Gavin Patterson said it was an exciting time for the firm, which in recent years has added superfast fibre broadband and television services to a line-up capped by a return to the mobile market.
"BT Consumer had a stand out quarter, increasing its overall line base for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71% percent of new broadband customers," he said.
The company said it would create a new division to serve businesses and the public sector in the UK and Ireland in a restructuring following the EE deal, which closed on Friday.
"We will operate a multi brand strategy with UK customers being able to choose a mix of BT, EE or Plusnet services, depending on which suit them best," Patterson said.
BT posted a 3% rise in core earnings to £1.6 billion on better than expected revenue of £4.6 billion, up 4.7%.
It pinned down its previous forecast for "growth" in revenue for the full year to up 1-2%.
BT Ireland saw its underlying revenues rise by 4% on the back of stronger equipment sales, as well as higher data and call volumes - however the weaker euro had a £8m impact on the division's income.
Orders increased in the quarter to £491m, with the company signing a five year deal with RSA Insurance and a renewal of a wholesale agreement with Three Ireland.
However order intake was slightly lower on a rolling twelve-month basis, which BT blamed on a strong performance in Ireland a year ago.