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Published: 5th Jul 2013

The quality of broadband services in north-west England varies considerably, according to new research. 

A study by Deloitte found that while there are connections of 60 Mbps in parts of central Manchester, residents of the South Lakes are relying on speeds of just 3.94 Mbps, Bdaily reports. 

Jodi Birkett, technology, media and telecommunications partner at Deloitte in the north-west, claimed businesses in the region are at the mercy of a postcode lottery. 

"Some have access to super-fast connections while others are having to make do with much slower speeds that would be more likely to be found in family homes. This will no doubt impact on their day-to-day activities," she stated.

Of the businesses surveyed, 40 per cent are forced to use connections that are slower than the UK household average of 12 Mbps, Deloitte claimed. Some of the worst performing areas are Bolton and Warrington, which despite being large towns have speeds of just 6.51 Mbps and 6.19 Mbps respectively. 

Better connections can be found in Preston (41 Mbps), Haydock (26.5 Mbps) and Birkenhead (30 Mbps).

Ms Birkett told Bdaily this high degree of variation needs to be addressed, as internet access has become crucial to the modern world. 

"Infrastructure isn’t just about roads and rail, it’s about connectivity too. Broadband has become something that all businesses completely rely on," she stated. 

The Deloitte partner called for government investment to be spread evenly to ensure slow connections are not holding companies back. 

The north-west is not the only area to suffer from broadband speed discrepancies. Earlier this year, a study by uSwitch found there is an 89 per cent difference between the fastest and slowest postcode areas in Birmingham. A high level of variation was also recorded in Glasgow, Bristol, Northampton and London.

Urban internet users who suffer from slow and reliable connections may find themselves better off by switching to satellite broadband, which provides the same level of service anywhere in the UK.

Posted by Craig Roberts