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There is a digital divide between east and west in Northern Ireland which can only be rectified by investment in broadband, in particular wireless, according to a report.

The province's Western Economic Strategy Team (WEST) recently published a report from Analysis Mason which highlighted the low broadband penetration in the west of the country.

Assessing the problem, Analysis Mason called for the extension of a fibre-optic network into the region, as well as the provision of "wireless sites" to act as a back up.

"Currently there is a lack of choice for western residents in terms of the number of fixed, mobile and broadband operators," said head of Analysys Mason’s Dublin office, Patrick Kidney.

He continued: "Residents also have lower access to mobile and broadband technologies and are generally less satisfied with their telecommunications service."

Councillor Sean Clarke called for a high-speed broadband infrastructure with which to "attract inward investment".

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