Orange has become the latest UK ISP to test super-fast home broadband, announcing plans for a 20Mb trial involving a select group of customers.

The ISP said that, depending on the quality of the line and distance from the exchange, customers will get 20Mb broadband for the same price as Orange's 8Mb service, and would have access to a specialist support team and a dedicated microsite.

"This trial is an important step in enabling us to offer up to 20Mb home broadband to consumers across our network," said Aziz, director of broadband and home at Orange UK. "It is also testament to our ongoing commitment to evolve our fixed broadband service and ensure we offer customers a truly reliable user experience."

orange 50mb broadbandOrange has 1 million broadband customers in the UK, many of which are on the company's ‘unbundled' BT network.

BT has been promising faster broadband speeds across the UK, with the long-term target of achieving 100Mb speeds using a fibre network.

But so far, broadband speeds approaching 50Mb based on BT's network have been achieved using ADSL. Be Broadband, for instance, completed trials of a 48Mb service at the end of last year.

Meanwhile, cable operator Virgin Media already offers some home users 50Mb speeds. Last week, Virgin announced plans to upgrade 2.6m customers with 2Mb cable broadband connections to its superfast 10Mb service. That means from May, Virgin's three fibre optic broadband deals will come with 10Mb, 20Mb and 50Mb download speeds.

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