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Published: 6th Jan 2015

A major housing estate near Glasgow that has been built recently has worse broadband connectivity than the Falkland Islands.

This is according to a UK-wide survey from Actual Experience, which discovered that a family home on the Lenzie estate in East Dunbartonshire has had a score of 54.3 per cent for its internet connection since June last year, the Scotsman reports.

The scoring system used by the digital firm state that an outcome of 80 per cent is perceived as 'very good' and 70 per cent is 'adequate'. The company explained that for most major websites, it is impossible to upload with a score of less than 60 per cent.  

Connectivity in the house on Rutherford Drive - home to Pauline and Graeme Sands - dropped to 31.2 per cent in November. This score is below the 37.7 per cent achieved in the Falkland Islands, which is located in the middle of the South Atlantic and is one of the worst spots for broadband in world.

Mrs Sands said that there had been a problem with the broadband connectivity since her family moved into the property in April 2011. In her opinion, not enough cables have been laid to cope with the demand when more houses were built on the estate.

According to Mrs Sands, the problem is set to worsen as 300 more houses have been planned for Lenzie. Her husband requires the internet for his job, as he works from home, while their children require the service to complete their schoolwork.

"You would have thought in the 21st century, on the edge of Scotland’s biggest city, there would be good internet connections," she said. "They need to change the law to force developers to put in proper broadband connections."

Dave Page, chief executive of Actual Experience, described the quality of the Sands' broadband as "atrocious". He added: "No-one in the UK should have to deal with a connection worse than the inhabitants of islands 9,000 miles away in the middle of the South Atlantic."

Shadow Labour energy minister Tom Greatrex, representative for the nearby constituency Rutherglen, has raised this issue in the House of Commons as he believes the Scottish government's decision not to properly invest in broadband means the country is now lagging behind.