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London's connectivity is better than some critics have claimed, according to the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy.

In a letter to the Evening Standard, Ed Vaizey said improvements are needed to broadband provision in the capital, but most Londoners already have access to high-grade services.

He was commenting after the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills published a damning report on London's broadband speeds.

The committee claimed that the city lies 26th in a chart of European capitals, based upon connectivity levels. Its report noted that average speeds are 25.44Mb in London, compared to 80.14Mb in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

But Mr Vaizey, the Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage, argued that the overall picture is "better than the committee suggests".

"Most businesses can access speeds of up to 1Gb per second, and nine out of ten homes can now get domestic super-fast broadband," he told the news provider.

Mr Vaizey added that broadband prices in London are more affordable than in many other nations, noting that consumer costs are "among the lowest in Europe".

"Londoners and London businesses are also benefiting - as is the rest of the UK - from the fastest roll-out of 4G mobile broadband in the world," the minister added.

However, he acknowledged that there is room for improvement in some areas.

Mr Vaizey explained that in parts of the capital, ultra-fast connectivity services are available, but these premium connections are not suitable for all customers.

"Where there is a high concentration of business but few residential homes, like in the City, telecoms companies only invest in very high capacity broadband - not the kind of fibre broadband wanted by families and small firms," he explained.

Mr Vaizey added that there are also technology challenges to overcome, as it is easier to deliver broadband to houses than to apartment blocks.

But he claimed the government is tackling the problems, with initiatives such as its business broadband voucher scheme, which offers grants to help small companies improve their connectivity.

"Thousands of London businesses have taken up the offer," the minister explained.

"And following talks with government and the City, BT is pioneering new technology to get broadband to domestic homes in central London."

Mr Vaizey said there can be no room for complacency if London is to keep its place as one of the world's leading cities for technology.

He pledged to continue working with the Mayor, local councils, MPs and businesses that are frustrated at the pace of change.

"I want to ensure that London is the digital capital of the world, the minister added.

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