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Many homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are continuing to struggle with slow broadband speeds, according to a new report.

Despite the nation having some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK, the University of Ulster said many people remain trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Derry recently became the first city to gain 100 per cent fibre broadband coverage, but people living in other parts of Northern Ireland are less fortunate, the institution said.

Gerard Parr, Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the university, suggested that many areas are losing out, as investment is focused on the major towns and cities.

"We want to determine the broadband access rates and mobile phone signal coverage situation across the province," he stated.

According to media regulator Ofcom, Northern Ireland has the highest availability of super-fast broadband services running at above 24Mb.

However, the same report revealed that a quarter of fixed broadband consumers - excluding those who have embraced fibre services - are stuck with speeds of 2Mb or slower.

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