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A new broadband speed survey by the BBC has shown that those living in the capital can download nearly twice as fast as those in Wales.

Conducted as part of its new Broadband Britain project, the speed test showed that users in Northern Ireland also experienced low average speeds.

While the nationwide average was said to be 3.2 Mbps, Northern Ireland residents commonly received 2.3 Mbps and those living in Wales received 2.6 Mbps.

In London, meanwhile, the average data transfer rate was said to be 4.5 Mbps.

"This survey shows us rural Britain may have a higher proportion of broadband homes but those homes are getting a slower service," said Andrew Ferguson, editor of thinkbroadband.com.

Although BBC now claims 99 per cent of the population can now access broadband, BBC News reports that many people living in rural areas may still find it difficult to connect.

The Broadband Britain project aims to give a map of internet access around the country and will visit areas where new broadband projects are underway.

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