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Irish computer game players are being hampered by the slow ping times caused by broadband connections with below average speeds.

The problem has been highlighted in a report put out by Epitiro, which claimed that Irish gamers were getting left behind by provider's lagging ping times.

It was found that the average ping time from broadband providers in Ireland far exceeds what is needed to enjoy smooth gameplay.

According to analysts at Epitiro speaking to the Irish Times: "The average ping time for Ireland is 194 milliseconds, which is well above the maximum acceptable time of 100 milliseconds that avid gamers use as a ceiling.

"None of Ireland's ISPs showed ping times that would be considered acceptable by competitive internet game players."

Figures from The Broadband Communications Authority's Ireland Internet Performance Index 2008 show that mobile broadband speeds are on average 68 per cent below advertised speeds.

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