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A global study of broadband speeds and prices has revealed a significant disparity between speeds and prices.

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD) study examined broadband services in 30 countries, and concluded that countries which have switched to fiber are those that offer users the best value and quickest connections.

Japan was found to have the cheapest price for broadband at 11p per megabyte, while Japanese users were also found to have fastest connections, with speeds of 100 megabytes per second (Mbps) - up to ten times faster than the UK average.

Turkey, meanwhile, was the most expensive territory for broadband with an average price of £160.

The report also noted that prices for DSL connections worldwide have dipped by 19 per cent and that the connection speed has increased by 29 per cent in the year ending October 2006.

In the US the cheapest broadband connection is £1.59 per megabyte downloaded, while in the UK it stands at £1.81.

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