The areas of the UK with the greatest super-fast broadband adoption rates have been unveiled, with Northern Ireland leading the way.
A map of nationwide take-up was published by Point Topic, showing that the strongest adoption rates are in areas where access to super-fast broadband has been available for some time.
The areas with substantial take-up are highlighted in green on the map, with those that have little or no adoption marked in red; Northern Ireland is almost completely green, indicating that consumers in the nation are benefitting from far faster speeds than neighbours in the rest of the UK.
Wales, the south-west of England and most of Scotland are almost completely red, which indicates that far more work needs to be done to boost rollout, according to Point Topic.
"Whilst delays in achieving sign-off for the funding have been disappointing we expect to see much less 'red' in the UK by 2015," the company stated.
It comes after Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, recently claimed that broadband is now regarded as an essential utility by many households, alongside water and electricity.