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The UK is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to broadband adoption, a new study has indicated.

Ofcom looked at the number of connections per households across nine major nations in 2011, and only France was found to have higher subscriber rates.

The media regulator found there are 81 connections per 100 households in France, up from 48 in 2006.

In the UK, there were 77 connections per 100 households, up from 51 when Ofcom carried out its study five years ago.

The US was placed third in the chart with 75 per cent broadband adoption (up from 51 per cent in 2006), while Germany was fourth (69 per cent up from 37 per cent).

Next came Japan - which was up by 15 percentage points to 67 per cent - ahead of Australia, where there were 66 connections per 100 households at the end of 2011.

This figure was up from 47 per cent coverage in the 2006 study.

Spain (64 per cent, up from 43 per cent), Italy (54 per cent, up from 36 per cent) and China (39 per cent, up from 14 per cent) were found to have lower levels of broadband deal adoption.

In the UK, the government is continuing to promote the uptake of broadband, and is aiming to deliver universal 2Mb services by 2015.

The European Commission has set a more ambitious target - it wants to see 100 per cent 30Mb broadband coverage across the European Union by the end of the decade.

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