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London's mobile broadband speeds are lagging some way behind those available in New York, a new study has revealed.

Dongle users in the UK capital can download at an average rate of 2.3Mb, according to a new RootMetrics study of mobile broadband speeds.

However, consumers living and working in the Big Apple are able to access average speeds of 8.5Mb, the study indicated.

There are anomalies in the study - areas of London where much faster speeds are available. For instance, 12.9Mb speeds were recorded over an O2 connection in Chingford Mount.

But on the whole, the city appears to have some catching up to do on New York - one of its major international rivals.

In terms of speed, the launch of 4G mobile broadband services in London from this month should go some way to redressing the balance.

Orange and T-Mobile will offer super-fast dongle and smartphone services in the capital from October 30th 2012, using their existing 1,800MHz spectrum.

Rival service providers will be able to launch 4G services following the Ofcom auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum, which is scheduled to take place in Q4 2012.

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