BT plans to increase its customers’ basic broadband access speed to up to 8mbps (megabits per second), a four-fold increase from the current 2mbps.
The speed increase will not cost customers any extra, and matches the broadband speeds of 8mbps originally talked about when BT started planning to deliver broadband six years ago.
The speed increase will be offered to customers from 31 March, but not everyone will get 8mbps, which is dependant to how far users are away from their local telecoms exchange.
BT said almost 80% of its customers would be able to access at least 4mbps, which is double the basic broadband speed currently offered by the firm.
The company added that almost half of customers would get at least 6mbps. Cable & Wireless-owned Bulldog already offers 8mbps, but that speed is mainly available in major towns and cities.
Smaller BT rivals are building networks that can offer 24mbps to those in major cities, and the cable companies NTL and Telewest already offer customers over 8mbps.