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The disparity between broadband speeds in cities and in rural areas is set to get a lot worse, it has been predicted.

According to Ian Fogg, an analyst with Jupiter Research, the gap between rural speeds and those in built up areas will widen with the advent of fibre optic networks capable of delivering super-fast broadband.

The problem will arise because of the expense of fitting fibre optic networks, which makes them unviable in rural settings, he continued.

This could mean that broadband users in the country could be left waiting decades to get a super-fast broadband connection, he claimed.

Mr Fogg told BBC Online: "There is going to have to be an acceptance that broadband will be faster in the cities. The model of equal access will have to be adapted.

"Fibre costs such a fortune to roll out that it may take decades to get to ubiquitous coverage in rural areas."

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