BT has announced that it is now offering its Total Broadband customers a dedicated broadband accelerator (previously known as the I-Plate) that promises to increase received broadband speeds by 1.5Mbs.

BT claims that the BT Broadband Accelerator filters out interference from home phone wiring to help broadband connections run faster. Although speed improvements are likely, they can't be guaranteed, says BT. The improvements in speed will take up to 2 weeks to come through so that line stability is not affected. BT claims that even if it doesn't improve the speed the I-Plate can help stabilise your broadband line making it more reliable.

Customers are expected to pay £1.20 for the postage costs. Previously the I-Plate retailed for just under £10.

BT customers can apply for a BT Broadband Accelerator here.

BT Broadband Accelerator (I-Plate) tested and discussed by PC Advisor readers in the Forum.

When placing the order (the £1.20 is added to the user's phone bill) the site states "Available to BT Total Broadband customers only. Non BT Total Broadband customers will be contacted to place an order for BT Total Broadband."

Non BT Total Broadband customers can order the device for £7.07 (inc VAT) here.

BT Broadband Accelerator

Customers need to fill in a short questionaire in order to determine whether or not the device will help to filter out interference from their home phone wiring.

The BT Broadband Accelerator is designed to block interference from televisions, lighting and home wiring, which BT says can slow down home broadband speeds.

The company said the seven out of ten UK homes with a BT NTE 5 master socket are eligible for the product, and claimed that in its study of 36,000 lines, the technology typically showed a speed increase of up to 1.5Mbps. Some lines showed speed improvements of as much as 4Mbps.

As well as boosting overall speeds, BT said the technology could prove a bonus for ADSL customers who live some distance from their local telephone exchange, while the minority of people who were previously just beyond the reach of a broadband service, may now be able access the high-speed web.

"The BT NTE 5 master socket can be easily identified by the horizontal split in the face plate and BT logo," said BT. "All consumers need do is simply unscrew the face plate, clip the BT Broadband Accelerator in place in the socket and replace the face plate over the I-Plate."

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