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Global broadband quality has increased by 48 per cent in just three years, a new study has indicated.

Researchers from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University conducted 40 million quality tests across 72 countries during May and June 2010, measuring the combined download throughput, upload throughput, and latency capabilities of connections.

These criteria, which demonstrate a connection's ability to handle internet applications, were expressed as a single broadband quality score for each country.

Some nations saw improvements far in excess of the 48 per cent average, and in total, 66 per cent of those surveyed are able to offer all the service advantages of the modern internet.

This total of 48 countries with top-quality broadband is up from 38 in 2009 and 30 two years ago, the report revealed.

Meanwhile, the average global download speed was found to have increased by 49 per cent in the last three years, and the average upload speed by 69 per cent.

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, global internet traffic volumes have risen by 166 per cent since 2008.

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