A BORDERS MP has hit out after a new report revealed the region is lagging behind when it comes to broadband speeds.

The Connected Nations Report 2019, published by Ofcom, has shown that nine percent of premises in the Scottish Borders get less than 10mb/s download speeds from their broadband connection.

And the findings also show that Scotland as a whole has only four percent of premises receiving the slowest speeds.

Similarly, Scottish figures show that almost half of premises (44 percent) are getting over 300mb/s speeds – known as Ultrafast Broadband.

But only five percent of households and business premises in the Borders can enjoy the same broadband levels.

John Lamont MP told us: “Poor broadband and mobile signal is one of the most common causes of complaints in the Borders, and rightly so.

“I have worked hard with a number of local communities to secure better rural broadband and have helped hundreds of individuals with broadband problems, but we need real change and fast.

“I welcome the ambitious targets of both the UK and Scottish Governments to help rural areas, but what I am hearing from constituents is that they need action now to keep their businesses running efficiently and allow them to stay connected in their homes."

The report also highlights that 4G mobile connectivity continues to be a problem across the whole of Scotland.