Following a successful six-week trial of its 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband service, BT today announced it will launch the service to its wholesale customers on 20 November.

Around 50 service providers have signed up for the product so far. They will pay a connection fee of £50 and a monthly rental charge of £23, however for existing BT wholesale customers the connection fee will be replaced with a so-called 'regrade' cost of £35.

But, with only around 80 percent of the UK within reach of a broadband exchange, many will miss out on the high-speed package. A 1Mbps service is available through cable providers NTL and Telewest, which currently cover around 40 percent of the country.

"We began trials of the new, faster 1Mbps service on 6 October and it became immediately apparent that there is strong customer demand for it. We've had over 4,000 orders in less than three weeks from more than 50 ISPs, which is well ahead of expectations and has helped us move swiftly to a full launch," said Bruce Stanford, director of products at BT Wholesale.

BT has signed up over a million people to its high-speed 512kbps (kilobits per second) broadband package.

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