BT cut the trigger levels for upgrading exchanges today by 50 registrations, to celebrate surpassing its target of having one million wholesale broadband connections by this summer.
It is banking on the reduction, along with technological improvements, the recent drop in the wholesale price and marketing support for campaigns to promote regional partnerships to stimulate demand and extend broadband availability.
The technology can now reach 71 per cent of the country, according to BT, which hopes to increase that to 80 per cent by the end of this year.
By dropping the trigger levels, BT will start work on upgrading a further 69 of the country's 6,000 exchanges.
Around half of the one million connections, which are rated at 512Kbps and above, are supplied through BT Openworld and BT Retail.
The rest are provided by about 100 other internet service providers, such as Freeserve, AOL and Pipex.
BT chief executive Ben Verwaayen said in a statement: "In February last year I set the challenging target of one million DSL broadband connections by summer 2003. We are there by early summer and it is a great achievement.
"The UK is one of the most competitive broadband environments in the world and this is shown by the fact that more than 100 service providers supply broadband over our phone lines to one million customers."
BT's total accounts for nearly half of the two million broadband subscribers counted by Oftel, which includes cable, satellite and wireless broadband services.
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