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Northern Ireland has the fastest broadband speeds of all the UK regions, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Ofcom reveals that average download speeds have more than doubled in the last year - boosted by the rollout of fibre networks in the Six Counties.

The media regulator's latest Infrastructure Report update shows that average speeds have increased from 6.3Mb in 2011 to 14.4Mb this year.

Across the UK as a whole, the average UK broadband connection is capable of downloading data at 12.7Mb.

Some 95 per cent of properties in Northern Ireland now have access to super-fast broadband, compared to 65 per cent across the UK as a whole.

Ofcom noted that some of the fibre cables which have delivered faster broadband speeds have been in the ground for more than two years.

Indeed it is increased take-up over the last 12 months that has helped drive up average recorded download speeds.

Jonathan Rose, Director of Ofcom Northern Ireland, said: “Consumers are beginning to reap the rewards from the significant investment by the executive and telecoms companies.

“The expansion of the fibre-optic network across Northern Ireland means the region has a telecommunications infrastructure which is the envy of many other countries.”

Mr Rose said increasing use of the internet, sometimes through multiple devices at home, is helping drive demand for super-fast broadband services.

“Many homes now have laptops, tablet computers, smartphones and smart TVs, which is where super-fast broadband comes into its own," he added.

"It is good news for consumers and for Northern Ireland, which is now an exemplar of how publicly-led investment can help deliver super-fast broadband to areas where it would otherwise not be available."

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