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Published: 7th May 2013

A significant number of households in Glasgow are suffering from slow broadband connections. 

Despite being one of the largest urban areas in the UK, only 60 per cent of the city is currently able to access super-fast services, which is leaving 240,000 people in the "slow lane", the Glasgow Evening Times reports. 

Tom Chard, who lives in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, said he was unhappy with the "postcode lottery" of speed variations. 

The 28-year-old bank worker commented: "There's a massive demand for this and I don't know why a city like Glasgow - the biggest city in Scotland - doesn't have high speed connections. It's definitely a postcode lottery."

Earlier this year, a uSwitch study found there was an 85 per cent difference between the fastest and slowest broadband connections in Glasgow.

Commercial providers have claimed that 80 per cent of the city will have access to super-fast broadband by 2015.

However, due to the 'un-profitability' of providing complete connectivity, 20 per cent of households will still have to make do with a slow service.

Nina Baker, Glasgow city centre councillor, asked why the area's 'silicon corridor' cannot be used to improve broadband speeds.

"If Glasgow has ambitions to be a world-class city, we need full coverage for superfast broadband.

"Finnieston is the city's silicon corridor, with O2 based in Skypark and many IT-businesses and IT-savvy residents in the area. I am calling for the council and government to assemble the necessary finance to ensure 100 per cent coverage," she stated.

One way to gain access to a super-fast internet service is by using satellite broadband. As the connection is provided by satellites in space, the same speed is provided regardless of location. 

What's more, all that is required for the service to work is the installation of a small satellite dish and modem. 

Glasgow is not the only major city to have large discrepancies in broadband speeds. uSwitch's survey found that in some areas of Birmingham connections are 89 per cent slower than other locations that are just a few miles away.

Posted by Craig Roberts