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Ofcom has lifted the lid on the average broadband speed enjoyed in the UK.

A comprehensive study testing the connections in 7,000 homes across the country found that on average British broadband speeds clock in at 3.6 Mb.

This compares with the average maximum connection speed signed up to by broadband-using Brits which currently stands at 4.5Mb.

It was discovered that over 60 per cent of broadband users are promised speeds of up to 8Mb when they sign up to deals.

True to form, most broadband subscribers living in cities enjoyed quicker speeds than their countryside-dwelling fellow citizens - on average connections are 15 per cent faster in urban areas.

But Brits disheartened with the speed of their service may soon see improvements with the arrival of super-fast fibre-optic broadband.

"We have already seen the first steps towards next generation super-fast broadband in the UK and we expect further developments this year," said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.

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