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Are Christmas fairy lights slowing down your internet speed?

Christmas: a time for festive cheer, decorations – and slow internet speed?

Festive fairy lights could be hampering your home broadband network, a new report claims.

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has released new information detailing how interference from electronics – like Christmas lights – could impact wireless connections in the home.

Wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in more than a quarter of a million homes and offices across Wales and in more than five million UK homes,” writes Ofcom.

The regulator continues: “It could be down to something as simple as interference from other electronic devices, such as a microwave oven, baby monitor, a lamp – or even Christmas fairy lights.”

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Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2015 report debuts alongside a new app that lets people check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is working as well as it could.

The Ofcom Wi-Fi checker will provide details on the quality of a user’s wireless internet signal, and give helpful hints on how to improve their connection.

Tell us what internet speeds you get – and what area you live in – in the comments.

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