Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed new research revealing that Gosport benefits from some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK.

Research published by the House of Commons Library sets out the current situation for broadband access and coverage in all four nations of the UK, as well as how the roll-out of superfast broadband is being managed. It found that the average download speed in Gosport is 50Mb/s, compared with an average speed of 37.8Mb/s nationally. It also found that Gosport is ranked 47th out of 650 constituencies for connections receiving superfast broadband, and 76th for superfast broadband availability. In Rowner and Holbrook 73.2% of connections receive superfast broadband speeds, meaning it is in the top 20 wards nationally.

Fast, reliable broadband internet access is essential for businesses to compete globally and ensure customers can benefit from online services. Broadband Delivery UK, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is committed to bringing superfast broadband access to 95 per cent of UK premises by the end of the year. By 2020, this should reach 97 per cent, through a combination of public and commercial investment.

Commenting, Caroline said: 'A fast internet connection is vital to small businesses, driving efficiency and productivity. The internet plays such a huge role in business growth, and so I'm thrilled to learn that Gosport benefits from some of the best broadband infrastructure in the UK.'