BT has reached its stated target to connect one million customers to broadband. The company has also lowered its 'trigger levels' - the number of requests for broadband services required from an area covered by a local telephone exchange in order to upgrade exchanges for ADSL.

The company is cutting the number of registrations required by 50, a reduction up to 25 per cent in some cases. This means 69 exchanges will automatically qualify for an upgrade.

BT set its target of one million customers back in February 2002 when it had only 145,000 connections. Reaching a million means that now more than 71 per cent of UK households are able to be connected to broadband-enabled exchanges. The company estimates that this figure will rise to 80 per cent by the end of 2003.

Over two million UK homes and businesses now have a high-speed Internet connection, according to Oftel.