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The speed of broadband connections in the UK seems to have fallen over the past year, according to the latest figures.

Broadband.co.uk's UK Broadband Speed Test Results for October have been released and the analysts say that average speeds have fallen.

While average download speeds in Britain stood at 3.6Mb in July 2008, they have now dropped every month and now sit 10 per cent lower than the summer high at 3.3Mb.

Attempting to explain the data, Broadband.co.uk representative Edd Dawson commented: "Not surprisingly we are seeing the biggest drops during the evening peak time slots where the average speed has now dropped below 3Mbps for the first time since March 2008.

"We suspect that the increased use of media streaming services such as BBC iPlayer are a significant factor in these results".

Broadband.co.uk concluded that the increasing of bandwidth would be the logical solution to the problem of peak demand shown in the figures.

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