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UK broadband speeds are failing to live up to expectations, according to new research.

The European Union's Digital Competitiveness Report has revealed that the UK has one of the most active online communities in Europe.

However, it is not performing on par with countries with the fastest speeds, having been ranked 15th in this category, with few broadband subscribers receiving over 2Mb.

When all factors were considered, the UK came fourth overall, behind Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden in ascending order.

This included socio-economic context, take-up of advanced service, speeds, price, competition coverage and connectivity in rural areas.

A recent probe into UK broadband speeds by Ofcom suggested that nearly one-fifth of UK broadband users who have subscribed to an 8Mb service only receive speeds of 2Mb or less.

The average UK connection was found to be 4.1Mb, representing an increase from January's 3.6Mb.

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