BT said the number of UK users connecting to its broadband network will pass the ten million mark this week.

The figure, achieved by combining the number of connections established by BT Wholesale and BT Openreach, is far in excess of BT’s original estimate about the supply of high-speed internet, the company said.

In April 2002, BT’s aim was to achieve 5 million broadband connections by the end of 2006, a target it said was “highly ambitious at the time”.

There were fewer than 150,000 DSL connections back then, with broadband availability across the UK at 66 per cent, according to BT’s figures. Now, 99.8 percent of the population are able to connect to broadband.

Furthermore, BT claims that DSL is winning the battle to connect the nation to high-speed broadband. It said that three years ago, more than half of all new connections were carried over cable, but that that percentage had declined to 11 percent for the quarter ending September 2006. Therefore, 89 percent of new connections now use BT’s network.