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It is now possible to access broadband speeds of up to 20Mb on the Moon, researchers claim.

According to Wired, MIT and Nasa have broken records with the broadband transmission speeds on Earth's satellite.

Despite the Moon being 284,633km away from Earth, a laser-powered communication uplink has delivered download speeds of 19.44Mb.

This means significantly faster broadband speeds are accessible in the lunar environment than in many parts of the UK.

In remote areas of the UK countryside, some households and businesses are still struggling with speeds just a fraction of those available on the Moon.

However, speaking to the news provider, Mark Stevens of MIT Lincoln Laboratory suggested it could be difficult to achieve higher speeds in space.

He said communicating at high data rates from Earth with laser beams is "challenging" because of the distance spreading out the light beam.

"It's doubly difficult going through the atmosphere, because turbulence can bend light-causing rapid fading or dropouts of the signal at the receiver," Mr Stevens added.

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