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The average speed of broadband connections has increased considerably in the last few years.

New research has indicated that in the three-year period from 2005 to 2008, advertised DSL speeds increased by 22 per cent, with the average speed standing at 9.6Mb as of September last year.

Fibre optic broadband connections now have an average advertised speed of 14.9Mb, which is 30 per cent faster, while actual connection speeds are now up to 65.3 Mb.

The study, carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showed that as of September last year, 12 of the 30 countries surveyed had broadband offers of 50Mb or more.

It also found that every country involved in the research offers an entry level broadband plan for US$34 (£21).

On average, DSL customers pay US$40 a month and cable customers pay slightly more at US$45 per month.

However, the OECD research also showed that despite DSL speeds increasing, the number of subscriptions actually fell by an average of 14 per cent every year from 2005, while cable numbers dropped 15 per cent.

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