BT have announced that they are set to increase the speed of their broadband services for most customers - a move that mirrors what NTL and Telewest are already embarking on with their cable services. Many BT customers will now have download speeds of 2Mbps, although there are usage allowances of between one gigabyte and 30 gigabytes a month. The new speeds start to come into effect on 17 February for home customers and 1 April for businesses. "Britain is now broadband Britain," said Duncan Ingram, BT's managing director, broadband and internet services. He added: "Ninety percent of our customers will see real increases in speed. He then went on to talk about upload speeds, something that I would certainly like to see being increased... "These speed increases will give people the opportunity to do a lot more with their broadband connections," he said. Upload speeds - the speed at which information is sent from a PC via broadband - will remain at the same speed, said Mr Ingram. Despite the increases, BT will continue to have usage allowances for home customers. "The allowances are extremely generous," said Mr Ingram "For what we are seeing in the market place - they are really not an issue." BT will begin enforcing the allowances in the summer. Customers who exceed the amounts will either be able to pay for a bigger allowance or see their download speeds reduced. More here. I'm happy with my broadband line that has unlimited usage, and I can hope that there will be a speed increase up to 4MBPS in my area soon. However, I'd really like to see an increase in upload speeds too, as I do a lot of ftping, which proves to be the achilles heel of my connection.