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BT has disputed claims that businesses based in London's Tech City are unable to take advantage of super-fast connectivity.

According to the Islington Gazette, Labour MP Meg Hillier told Parliament that the state of broadband at Silicon Roundabout is "a national embarrassment".

This is not the first time the member for Hackney South and Shoreditch has complained about broadband speeds in her constituency.

But BT has hit back at the MP's comments, saying it is "simply not true" that "vast swathes" of the borough are digitally excluded.

A spokesperson for the broadband provider told that businesses in the Tech City area are "extremely well-served" by high speed services.

"All businesses are able to access speeds of up to 10Gb via BT’s Ethernet network and more than two-thirds of all premises in the area can access our open wholesale fibre network," the representative stated.

"Fibre availability will rise to more than three-quarters of premises over the coming months, whilst the area may benefit from further fibre expansion as a result of our additional £50 million investment in cities," they noted.

"We are also participating in the government’s Connection Voucher Scheme which provides financial assistance to qualifying small businesses that want to take advantage of fibre broadband or high speed business services."

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