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The UK is continuing to lag behind many of its international rivals where broadband speeds are concerned, according to a new study.

Akamai's latest State of the Internet report found that the UK has only the 25th fastest download speeds in the world, with no UK cities making it into the top 100.

The poll was dominated by Japan, which had 59 entrants in the chart, and South Korea (10), which continues to have the fastest average speeds in the world.

Brno in the Czech Republic was the highest ranked European city at number 55, with an average download speed of 8.3Mb.

Akamai reported that 30 per cent of UK broadband connections are currently above the 5Mb mark, which actually represents a 70 per cent improvement on 2010.

The launch of 100Mb fibre broadband in the UK is helping to pull up the nation's download speed average, but greater levels of consumer adoption are needed in order to move Britain up the rankings.

In the Netherlands, the highest placed European nation, 68 per cent of broadband connections are capable of 5Mb or faster, highlighting the extent of the challenge for the industry.

However, where broadband coverage is concerned, the UK fares much better in the international charts.

Some 91 per cent of UK connections are capable of 2Mb broadband, up ten per cent on this time last year.

This finding will be good news for the government, which has pledged to deliver 2Mb broadband to all communities by 2015.

A £530 million broadband fund has been set aside by the Con-Lib coalition to deliver high-speed broadband to rural areas.

Akamai said that many countries in Europe are already recognised as leaders in high-speed internet connectivity, with some having implemented the equivalent of a national broadband plan, and others continuing to deploy fibre at a local level.

"The positive short-term and long-term trends for average peak connection speeds across European countries point to a continued improvement in high-speed internet connectivity within these countries," the firm stated.

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