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Internet download rates could be set to increase as BT begins to upgrade its infrastructure later this month.

The Guardian reports that the internet service provider is looking to begin providing ADSL2+ download speeds across the UK's broadband network.

Up to 86 per cent of homes are likely to benefit from the improvement, with the potential increase in download speeds depending on the distance a property is from the exchange.

By switching to ADSL2+, a higher carrier frequency of 2.2 MHz should be able to be used to transmit broadband data over users' telephone lines.

At present, the frequency used by broadband internet service providers in the UK is half of that at 1.1 MHz, the publication explains.

But as signals are carried further from the central exchange, it becomes more difficult to distinguish between voice and internet data, causing download rates to drop.

It was recently announced that BT is to collaborate with mobile telephony operator Vodafone to help enhance the overall experience enjoyed by customers when using mobile broadband services.

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