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Broadband users in the Isle of Man are enjoying faster speeds than British subscribers, a new report suggests.

According to Manx Telecom, the dominant broadband provider on the island – which is part of the British Isles but not the UK – the average connection speed stands at 5.5Mb.

This compares favourably with the UK average speed of 3.6Mb, as recorded by communications watchdog Ofcom.

Manx Telecom representative, Peter Callow, said: "We recently completed a major upgrade to the network, which enables our 22,500 broadband users to take advantage of download speeds of up to 8Mb.

"Our new network improves the speeds achieved for longer lines and this, combined with our investment in remote broadband cabinets, means that we now have 100 per cent island-wide availability where landlines exist."

The Ofcom survey which produced the figures is believed to have been the most comprehensive study into broadband speeds in the UK.

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