Exeter has been rated as the UK's worst-connected city, in a new study from GoCompare, which rated each UK city according to mobile connectivity, WiFi hotspots and broadband.
Unsurprisingly, London leads in connectivity, although it is only fourth in broadband, with Southampton in the top spot for overall broadband connectivity and services.
There are some interesting findings here too: for example, Cambridge and Oxford, despite being research, development and technology hotspots for many high and deep tech companies, are only 36th and 47th on the overall list of connectivity. Manchester is, as you may expect, in second place, although is seventh in broadband connectivity.
Exeter's low ranking comes from the fact that it is 55th in the mobile rankings and 57th in broadband connectivity. Rather interestingly, it is 28th in the WiFi hotspot leaderboard, implying that the city is aware of the low amount of connectivity and is trying to make WiFi hotspots common in public areas in an attempt to somewhat improve the situation.
Click the image above to check out the interactive report.
Another interesting finding is that the top city for 4G mobile connectivity is Newcastle, which has 61% of the city covered. London is next, with 60.92% covered with 4G networks. This would seem to stand against the networks' various claims to have "98%" of the UK covered by 4G networks.
Martyn John, from GoCompare, commented: "As a technologically advanced nation, the UK could be expected to provide its population with equal access to high-quality Internet. However, this study goes to show that more needs to be invested in some cities to offer their inhabitants the same online opportunities that people in London or Manchester receive."