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The UK has been named as the tenth most advanced nation in terms of information communication technologies (ICT), including broadband, by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Britain was left trailing in the wake of the top three countries, Sweden, Korea and Denmark.

In terms of price, the ICT Price Basket tool placed the UK 14th globally in prices for utilities such as broadband, fixed-line telephony and mobile broadband.

Elsewhere, the ITU praised the development of fixed-line broadband in China and tipped the country to make good progress in the mobile broadband market in years to come.

It was found that mobile broadband penetration worldwide stands at five per cent, with 6.1 per cent enjoying fixed-line broadband access.

However, despite the relatively low share of broadband subscriptions compared with the amount of internet users (23 per cent), the ITU sees mobile broadband growing in developing nations.

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