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Residents of one of the UK's slowest streets for broadband face a long wait before their connectivity is improved.

Llantarnam Road in Cwmbran, Wales, was rated as one of the streets with the worst download speeds in the country by uSwitch earlier this year and people in the area have now found out they will not receive an upgrade until 2016, the South Wales Argus reports.

Rory Horton, a landscape gardener who lives on the street, said: "It is some way off. I think the internet connections have got worse. It is pretty ridiculous."

Wendy Kirkman, manager of computer repair company GiaKonda IT, told the newspaper: "It is as if we’re kind of out in the sticks. You would expect better speeds quicker than that."

At the end of June, it was revealed that work to improve broadband in the Cwmbran area would begin in March 2015 and is expected to last between 12 and 18 months. 

According to uSwitch, Llantarnam Road has an average download of speed of just 1.1 Mbps, which means it is the 13th slowest street in the country when it comes to broadband.

Another Welsh location was found to be the number-one slowest street - Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy - which has a typical connection of only 0.6 Mpbs. It shared the title with Wheatley Road in Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex.

In total, uSwitch found there were nine streets across the UK where the average broadband speed is less than one Mbps.

Plans are currently in place to improve broadband in Wales through the Superfast Cymru project, but as in the case of Llantarnam Road, it may be a while before faster services are available in certain areas. 

Furthermore, the scheme is aiming to bring super-fast broadband to 96 per cent of the country, meaning a number of people will have to look to alternatives -such as satellite broadband - if they are to improve their connection speeds.