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The government has published a new map revealing the level of super-fast broadband coverage in 36 major towns and cities across the UK.

According to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport study, the best-connected major centre is Belfast, which currently has 97 per cent super-fast broadband coverage, reports

Stockport currently occupies second place in the chart with 94 per cent coverage, ahead of Wolverhampton (93 per cent), Brighton and Hove (92 per cent) and Dudley (92 per cent).

Other cities to fare well in the study - which is based on data published by Ofcom - are Bristol (90 per cent), Milton Keynes (89 per cent), Leicester, Derby and Cardiff (all 88 per cent).

Only towns and cities with more than 100,000 dwellings were considered in the study, meaning highly-connected centres such as Derry/Londonderry were excluded from the chart.

Of the locations included in the study, only Hull and Aberdeen - which are both scheduled to receive broadband upgrades soon - were found to have no access to fibre coverage at all.

And of those where fibre services are now accessible, Southampton (46 per cent) had the lowest coverage, ahead of Wakefield (54 per cent), and Doncaster, Rotherham and Sunderland (55 per cent).

Broadband providers including Virgin Media and BT are continuing to invest millions upgrading their UK networks to support super-fast broadband.

BT is spending £2.5 billion upgrading local telephone exchanges around the UK, and hopes to launch 300Mb broadband in the near future.

Virgin Media recently announced that its own fibre broadband network has passed ten million UK homes, and continues to expand.

And in Hull, which currently has no fibre broadband access, local incumbent KC is set to deliver super-fast services to 15,000 households by the end of the year.

But fibre broadband services cannot come soon enough for many households and businesses, with people eager to optimise their online experience where possible.

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