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London named as worst UK city for 3G broadband speeds

A new survey claims that London has the slowest average 3G speed, in comparison to the other nine largest cities in the UK.

The research was carried out by leading price comparison portal uSwitch, and according to its findings, the average 3G mobile broadband speed in London stood only at 2.71 Mbps - almost 24 per cent slower than that of Portsmouth (3.56 Mbps); the city with the fastest average 3G connectivity speed in the entire UK.

In addition, London also lagged behind Cardiff and Edinburgh whose average 3G speeds stood at 2.9 Mbps and 2.94 Mbps respectively.

The slowest city in the country, according to the uSwitch report, is Wolverhampton whose average speed stands somewhere near the 2.46 Mbps mark.

The survey, which included over 1,000 smartphone owners, also disclosed that 39 per cent of the existing 3G users are currently unhappy with the provided speed. Another 47 per cent claimed that their download speeds were simply slow.

"There is clearly a long road to travel before smartphone and tablet users can enjoy a web browsing experience akin to that of superfast broadband currently being rolled out across the country to homes and businesses," stated technology expert at, Ernest Doku, as reported by Mobile Today.