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Fairy lights could affect your home’s Wi-Fi speed this Christmas…

December 2nd 2015
By: Melanie

This weekend many of us will be going out and buying our Christmas tree and decorating our homes ready for the festive season. However according to Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK, we need to be aware that fairy lights could slow down the Wi-Fi speed in our homes.
 
They have estimated that around six million of us could improve our broadband connection, by just making sure that our wireless networks are set up to work the most efficiently and have limited interference from other electronic goods in our homes, including fairy lights, microwaves and baby monitors. With this in mind the watchdog has released an app specifically for testing the quality of an internet signal which suggest ways in which you can enhance your connection.
 
At the same time Ofcom has also released research this week which highlights the fact that a quarter of all homes still not having access to ‘superfast’ broadband of 30MB per second, although there has been a slight increase in the amount of people having access to this, up by 1.5 million from last year.
 
Internet speeds still remain the slowest in rural areas, with only 37% of homes in these areas having access to higher-speed broadband. 8% of households - approximately 2.4 million cannot receive speeds higher than 10MB per second, which rises to nearly half the properties in rural areas, this is often due to houses being further away from telephone exchanges or from network’s local street cabinets.
 
Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, said: 'Mobile and broadband have become the fourth essential service, alongside gas, electricity and water. There's been a technological revolution over recent years, with 4G mobile and superfast continuing to extend across the country.
 
'Our challenge is to keep supporting competition and innovation, while also helping to improve coverage across the country - particularly in hard-to-reach areas, where mobile and home internet services need to improve.
 
'It's vital that consumers have the tools they need, such as the new Wi-Fi Checker, to get the most out of their communications.'
 
Other ways in which you can improve your connection speed is to make sure you keep your devices elevated as this can help too.
 
Source: BBC News