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Rural areas have seen the biggest increases in broadband connection speeds, according to new research.

Results of broadband speed tests by thinkbroadband show that rural areas have seen more improvement over a five-month period, reports the BBC.

Data for the period of June to November shows an average rise of 24 per cent in the West Midlands compared to just two per cent in London.

That said, the capital still boasted the highest broadband speeds overall, with the Northern Ireland region coming bottom of the pile.

Sebastien Lahtinen, co-founder of thinkbroadband, told the BBC: "These results show that the rural broadband speeds remain significantly below those in cities.

"This is likely to be due to both shorter telephone line lengths which help to sustain higher speed services, as well as more competition between wholesale suppliers in metropolitan areas."

The study was conducted using 188,000 online speed tests, which were conducted across nearly 36,000 postcodes.

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