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Top 'hot-spots and not-spots' for broadband in Northern Ireland revealed

Analysis has been carried out of the best and worst broadband speeds in Northern Ireland

THE top "hot-spots and not-spots" for broadband in Northern Ireland have been revealed with parts of Fermanagh and Omagh among the worst areas.

Analysis of the best and worst broadband speeds shows that five out of 10 areas in the north unable to receive decent broadband were in the Fermanagh and Omagh constituency.

Lissan in Mid Ulster is also revealed as having the lowest average download speed in Northern Ireland.

The information has been published by the House of Commons Library, with a new interactive dashboard and analysis highlighting which areas of the UK receive the best and worst broadband speeds.

Using data from Ofcom, the library reveals which constituencies have seen the biggest improvement in connectivity since 2017 and which towns and villages have the best and worst broadband.

Access to 'superfast broadband' - download speeds of at least 30 Mbps - rose from 91.1 per cent in May 2017 to 94.0 per cent in September 2018 in the UK.

Shilvodan in the Antrim and Newtownabbey constituency and Fairy Water, which is located in Fermanagh and Omagh local authority had the highest percentage of residences unable to receive 'decent broadband' in Northern Ireland last year.

These areas also had the lowest percentage of residences able to access superfast broadband in 2018.

Other key findings reveal that nine out of 10 areas in the north with the highest average download speeds were in Belfast.

The Collin Glen area in Lisburn and Castlereagh had the highest average download speed - receiving 79 Mbps in 2018. This area also scored highest in Northern Ireland for residences receiving speeds of over 30 Mbps in 2018 (89 per cent).

Lissan in Mid Ulster had just 13 Mbps.

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