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King's Lynn and West Norfolk stuck in broadband slow lane

Internet users in Lynn and West Norfolk suffer from some of the slowest broadband in the country – with connections in the borough only just over half the national average speed.

The district’s customers typically receive a download speed of 36.9 Mbps – which is well below the UK-wide average of 64 Mbps and puts the area in the bottom 15 per cent of the UK.

The average speed is well below other parts of Norfolk, with speeds in Norwich (72.5 Mbps) and Great Yarmouth (59.6 Mbps) considerably faster.

Customers do, however, receive slightly quicker internet than users in Breckland and North Norfolk – the latter being the slowest part of the county at just 35.9 Mbps.

The figures come to light following a new report that outlines the UK’s race to deliver 1GB broadband for all homes by 2025. That would be 27 times faster than the current Lynn and West Norfolk average, if achieved.

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) – an industry body that advises the Government on broadband – says this investment is especially important as a result of the coronavirus.

BSG chief executive officer Clare MacNamara said: “The case for sustained investment in 5G and gigabit connectivity in support of the UK Government’s 2025 ambitions has never been stronger.

“Digital connectivity has never been as critical to our ability to navigate our new normal, socially-distanced lives as citizens, businesses and consumers, and the need for regulatory and policy certainty has never been greater.

“As connectivity will be one of the key facilitators of economic recovery, it is more important than ever for Government and Ofcom to incentivise and support investment. This could particularly benefit people living in sparsely populated and rural areas where network roll-out isn’t economically viable. For these communities, COVID-19 has only served to widen the digital divide.”

The Norfolk league table (average download speed):

Norwich – 72.5 Mbps

Great Yarmouth – 59.6

Broadland - 52

South Norfolk – 40.2

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk – 36.9

Breckland – 36.3

North Norfolk – 35.9

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