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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The government is likely to miss out on its target of bringing 95 per cent super-fast broadband coverage to the UK.

This is according to thinkbroadband, which has warned many parts of the country will still be struggling with a low level of connectivity in 2017, The Drum reports.

Andrew Ferguson, editor of thinkbroadband, stated: "Just 23.1 per cent of the City of London is likely to be super-fast or better. In addition, the Shetland Islands, Herefordshire, Aberdeenshire and Moray are just some of the areas that are still expected to be receiving poor broadband speeds by 2017."

He claimed that even should the government achieve its 95 per cent target, the UK will still have broadband problems.

"It is the well performing, densely populated areas that will mask the plight of large areas like rural mid-Wales," Mr Ferguson stated.

He claimed rural areas will continue to be "poorer cousins" when compared to their urban counterparts and not a single rural district will be among the ten best broadband locations in the country. The internet expert said this will undoubtedly have a negative impact on businesses based in the countryside.

Mr Ferguson also claimed that while the government may improve connectivity, it will still not be sufficient to compete with other nations in the global economy.

According to thinkbroadband, the areas of the country that will have the best broadband services come 2017 will be Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove and a number of London boroughs.

Last month, the government's attempts to improve broadband in rural Wiltshire were branded a "scam" by local residents. People who are due to miss out on the rollout of faster services are unhappy, while many who received an upgrade are disappointed by the speeds now available, the Western Daily Press reported.

The coalition has also been accused of "failing" on broadband by the Scottish National Party, which believes independence would help the nation to better boost its level of connectivity.