BT announced that the firm would extend 'next generation' copper broadband to 80 per cent of the UK by the end of 2011.
The telco's wholesale arm BT Wholesale will deliver ADSL2+ services with speeds of up to 20Mbps in a move which BT Wholesale boss Cameron Rejali said was "further evidence of BT's commitment to deliver next generation services across the UK."
The ADSL2+ copper-based broadband service is called Wholesale Broadband Connect and will continue to form a part of BT's broadband services including fibre-based offerings.
BT said that ADSL2+ is now available at 1,017 exchanges connected to 15.5 million homes. 2.25 million of those are currently using ADSL2+ broadband and the firm is adding an extra 30,000 every week.