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Craig Doyle and these Irish models will be pleased with UPC's growth in 2012. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

UPC says it now has over one million subscribers in Ireland

The broadband, phone and TV provider had strong growth in 2012 with a nearly 50 per cent increase in phone customers.

BROADBAND, PHONE AND TV provider UPC has said it now has over one million subscribers in Ireland as it posted strong growth in 2012.

The company said it had a total of 988,700 subscriptions by the end of last year, representing 11 per cent year-on-year growth, and this week it reached over one million subscribers.

UPC employs 800 people in Ireland and has 700 contractors.

Broken down there was an 18 per cent increase in broadband subscriptions in the year to 31 December with UPC now having 304,300 broadband subscriptions.

Phone subscriptions were up 46 per cent year-on-year with 238,000 phone customers while digital television subscriptions accounted for 383,200 customers.

UPC said it had contributed over €500 million in investment as part of the roll-out of its new fibre powered network across Ireland and claims it now offers 150 Mbps broadband speeds to 40 per cent of all Irish homes.

2012 was also the year that its on-demand service was introduced with over 85 per cent of customers to whom this is available availing of the service which offers free and paid-for television series and films.

“We are also making strong progress in the business community,” chief executive of UPC, Dana Strong, said. “UPC Business ended the year as an increasingly important and growing contributor to the company.

“If you consider that over 90 per cent of all businesses in Ireland are SMEs, we believe we have a real opportunity to help these businesses underpin their growth with reliable and affordable superfast digital services.”

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