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Broadband connections in New Zealand perform better than those in the UK, according to the results of newly-published reports.

A study by Epitiro Technology has found that the two countries produce contrasting figures relating to the quality of broadband services.

While the nation in the southern hemisphere saw its Quality Index rise by 22 per cent to a total of 2920 points, the UK's rating deteriorated by ten per cent to 2749 in the second quarter of 2008.

Commenting on the figures, Nick Farrell of technology news provider the Inquirer said: "When a country of four million covering territory of a similar size cut in two by a treacherous stretch of water can deliver something better, they must doing something that the Empire can't manage.

The UK's drop in quality has been put down to the growth of unbundled lines from 3.7 million late last year to over 4.5 million by August 2008.

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