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The quality of broadband connections still varies greatly according to where you live in the UK, even within urban areas.

This is the finding of a new Ofcom report, following research into broadband availability, adoption and speeds.

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The media regulator reveals that some people living in UK towns and cities are still putting up with "very low" broadband speeds, despite the technological advances of recent years.

Some cities - such as Derry/Londonderry, where 99 per cent of homes and businesses have super-fast broadband access - have strong levels of next-generation coverage, Ofcom discovered.

But others, such as Cardiff and Inverness, have areas which are very poorly served, with significant numbers of people only able to download at 2Mb or slower.

Ofcom said the findings were "not consistent" across all of the cities in the study.

"Many factors may influence the take-up and coverage of faster broadband, including the cost of deployment, the quality of historic infrastructure and local planning rules," the regulator stated.

"This variation between cities, and their characteristics, underlines the complexity of the challenges they may face in encouraging take-up of super-fast broadband."

As such, Ofcom recommended that policy makers should take these "unique factors" into account when addressing barriers to the availability and adoption of super-fast broadband.

Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s Consumer Group Director, said access to fast broadband is "an important part of modern life" and a source of economic growth and investment across the UK.

"We know from previous research that rural areas often lack fast broadband coverage; something the government is helping to address with public funding," he stated.

Mr Pollack claimed the latest findings highlight the need to bring faster broadband to UK homes, whether they are based in cities or rural areas.

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