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The UK has ranked 13th in a new global study examining broadband penetration, price and speeds in the 30 top performing countries.

Although Britain lagged behind far behind countries like Korea, Japan and Finland, who took the top three spots, it was found to outperform the US and other notable countries including Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

Carried out by US-based group the Internet Technology and Innovation Foundation, the 2008 broadband rankings found that Britain enjoys an average download speed of 4.9 Mbps - below the average 9.2 Mbps and ten times slower than usual transfer rates experienced South Korea.

In terms of improving broadband rankings within individual countries, the accompanying Explaining International Broadband Leadership report suggests that good governmental policy can contribute significantly to broadband provision.

"Broadband policies - while not the most important factor - do matter and nations that ignore policy, assuming that the 'market' can do all the heavy lifting, will fare worse than if they had smart broadband policies," the report asserts.

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