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Revealed: UK's best and worst cities for digital coverage

30 May 2018

Revealed: UK's best and worst cities for digital coverageA new study has found that there are big differences between cities across the UK when it comes to wifi, broadband and mobile connectivity.

GoCompare has investigated 57 major business hubs across the UK, assessing key digital infrastructure measures such as wifi availability, broadband speed and mobile/4G coverage.

The results show that the ten best-connected cities are: London, Manchester, Nottingham, Salford, Birmingham, Glasgow, Southampton, Leicester, Coventry and Brighton and Hove.

London, like several of the other best-performing cities, has 4G coverage of over 60% and average download speeds of more than 30Mbps.

Exeter is the worst connected city in the UK with only 6% 4G coverage; it has the slowest broadband speed in the UK (26.84Mbps) and is one of the poorest areas for mobile coverage. Other badly performing cities in the UK are: Carlisle, Hereford, Norwich, Wells, Lincoln, Salisbury, Swansea, Gloucester and Ripon.

The study notes that London-based businesses are increasingly looking to relocate to the regions. A CBI report has estimated that £208bn in revenue could be unlocked if the regions are properly invested in; 68% of investment in digital technology has already gone to businesses in regional hubs outside London.

This, says GoCompare, makes it "more important than ever to ensure that businesses across the country have equal access to high-speed internet". However, a County Councils Network (CCN) report released in April found that two-thirds of the UK has below-average download speeds.

GoCompare's Martyn John said: "As a technologically advanced nation, the UK could be expected to provide its population with equal access to high-quality internet. However, this study goes to show that more needs to be invested in some cities to offer their inhabitants the same online opportunities that people in London or Manchester receive."

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