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Finland's vision for high-speed broadband connectivity shows up the UK's as severely lacking in ambition, it has been claimed.

Shane Richmond, head of technology at the Daily Telegraph, told the news provider that the Scandinavian nation has now made access to 1Mb broadband a human right.

However, the country is not stopping there, as the government has promised 100Mb web speeds for 96 per cent of the population by 2015.

"Given that their country is one of Europe's most sparsely-populated, managing to connect such a huge proportion is quite impressive," Mr Richmond said.

"By contrast, just 73 per cent of Britons are online and rural broadband provision is poor, despite the fact that Britain is roughly a third smaller than Finland."

He said that Finland's broadband infrastructure is currently "putting the UK's to shame", as are those of many other smaller European nations.

Earlier this year, Akamai revealed that the UK has only the 26th fastest broadband in the world.

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