United Kingdom – Christmas lights and other electrical goods could be responsible for slowing down your Wifi speeds, an industry watchdog has claimed.
The regulator Ofcom has said that a recent survey into electrical goods such as baby monitors and even Christmas lights, might affect the speeds of home Wifi routers.
Up to six million homes in the UK could be affected by the problem, the regulator has claimed.
It comes as Ofcom released its new app to help monitor Wifi efficiency in the home.
The free app for smartphones and tablets allows homeowners to test the quality of their internet signal and learn how to enhance it.
Research from Ofcom, published in its 2015 Connected Nations report said more than a quarter of homes in the UK have “superfast” broadband connection speeds of more than 30MB per second, which is an increase to 7.5 million households from six million last year.
But higher-speed broadband is available in fewer than 37% of homes in rural areas, the regulator has also found.
And around 8% of households – about 2.4 million – cannot receive a connection with speeds of more than 10MB per second, a figure which rises to nearly half of houses in rural areas.
“Mobile and broadband have become the fourth essential service, alongside gas, electricity and water”, said Ofcom’s Chief Executive, Sharon White.
“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.”