If your idea of next-generation copper was a Robocop like law enforcer, then think again - as BT has announced that it is extending its next-generation copper powered broadband to around 80 per cent of the UK.

And whilst the move is nowhere near as exciting as the superfast fibre-optic broadband expansions that are taking place from BT and Virgin Media, it still means that more of the country will be able to get quicker web access - with the ADSL2+ copper lines able to handle up to 20Mbps.

It's all part of BT's Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) programme, which is now available from more than 1,000 exchanges, to more than 15.5 million homes and businesses.

Cameron Rejali, managing director of products at BT Wholesale, said: "This announcement is further evidence of BT’s commitment to deliver next generation services across the UK.

"Running over BT’s 21st Century Network, WBC offers communications providers the ability to provide their broadband customers with greater control, choice and flexibility as well as higher speeds. It supports the growing demand for high-speed broadband access to a range of online services – including TV, gaming online and multiple voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services."

BT are also involved in a £2.5bn investment to roll out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by the end of 2015, as well as customer trials of Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology that offers speeds of up to 100Mbps.

It's all a long way from dial up. Although we do miss that modem noise.