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Internet service provider (ISP) BT has announced plans to upgrade its nationwide copper wire broadband network.

From the end of 2011, the broadband provider is aiming to provide download speeds of up to 20Mb to 80 per cent of the UK population.

At present, the network's standard capability - subject to location and line quality - is broadband speeds of up to 8Mb.

BT will upgrade its copper network using ADSL2+ technology, which already serves 1,107 telephone exchanges around the UK.

Wholesale broadband ISPs, including TalkTalk and Sky, will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to the service, enabling them to deliver up to 20Mb broadband deals as standard.

Cameron Rejali, Managing Director of Products at BT Wholesale, said the upgrade would enable the ISP to offer faster broadband speeds and better value for money to UK consumers.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading its nationwide broadband infrastructure to support high-speed broadband.

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