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Lords call for improved network connectivity in London - Network Cables

A committee of peers has called for network improvements to improve connectivity services in London.

The House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills claims the UK capital has fallen behind many of Europe's other major cities on data transfer speeds.

It says average broadband speeds in London are 25.44Mbps, less than a third of those recorded in Bucharest, the capital of Romania (80.14Mbps).

Baroness Morgan, chair of the committee, told the Evening Standard that London is failing to keep up with its international rivals.

She said the internet is vital to the future success of the country, meaning homes and businesses need access to super-fast broadband.

As such, fibre cables and other next-generation infrastructure solutions need to be deployed in areas of poor connectivity.

However, Ed Vaizey, minister of state for culture and the digital economy, claimed the situation is not as bad as the committee has made out.

"Most businesses can access speeds of up to 1Gbps per second, and nine out of ten homes can now get domestic super-fast broadband," he told the news provider

"Londoners and London businesses are also benefiting - as is the rest of the UK - from the fastest roll-out of 4G mobile broadband in the world."

He said there is still work to do, to ensure homes and businesses in all parts of the city can access super-fast broadband, but progress is being made.

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