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The average download speed accessible to dongle users around the world has increased by over a third in the last 12 months, it has been reported.

According to a study conducted by the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, the average mobile broadband speed is now 936Kb, up 35 per cent from 2009.

Average upload speeds increased by more than 100 per cent during the same time frame, and currently stand at 277Kb, the researchers found.

Meanwhile, the latency of mobile broadband - often regarded as one of the biggest weaknesses of mobile internet access - improved by 45 per cent in just one year.

Some ten per cent of dongle users already enjoy average download speeds of 3.75Mb, with Sweden Demark, the US and Spain named as the mobile broadband industry leaders.

A smaller minority, four per cent are able to access 7Mb download speeds, enabling high-quality web access on the move.

Last month, UK communications regulator Ofcom commissioned a new review into the quality of mobile broadband services available to UK consumers. 

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