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BT has doubled the speed of its entry-level broadband service just hours after Wanadoo UK announced plans to offer new punters 2 megs for £17.99 a month.

Responding to Wanadoo's move earlier today, the UK's dominant telco said it is boosting the speed (and not the price) of its no-frills Broadband Basic product.

From tomorrow all new and existing punters should be able to get 2 meg as standard with existing punters upgraded automatically free of charge.

In a dig at Wanadoo's £20 upgrade fee for existing users BT bigwig Gavin Patterson said: "Today's announcement creates a standard of a minimum broadband speed of 2Mb for all our retail broadband services. We won't be asking existing customers on Broadband Basic to do anything or pay anything for this upgraded service."

Although BT has doubled the speed of the no frills package, it has kept the its monthly usage limit at 1 gig.

Today's speed upgrade follows a similar move by BT in February. ®

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