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UK broadband users may experience slower than expected connection speeds this Christmas, it has been claimed.

This slowdown may affect customers of all UK ISPs and can be attributed to a number of factors - including electrical interference from domestic appliances, according to PlusNet.

Electrical interference from Christmas tree lights and white goods can often impair connections, the ISP claims.

Just as potentially deleterious to connections are street lights, which also cause interference and are on for longer periods during winter, as well as the expected poor weather conditions that can damage telephone lines.

Neil Armstrong, products and marketing director at PlusNet, said: "While we expect home internet use to be widespread over Christmas, customers could possibly see some issues if several of these factors converge.

"The broadband connection does not stand alone and is inextricably linked to other elements in and around the home. That’s why any internet user, regardless of their service provider, may experience disruption due to uncontrollable factors. We feel it’s important to let customers know what these factors are and what they can do to minimise the negative impact they have."

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