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The average download speed available to UK broadband users increased during the second quarter of 2010, it has been reported.

Akamai reports that the mean web speed was 3.9Mb between April and June, up from 3.8Mb in the previous quarter.

The firm's State of the Internet Q2 2010 report indicated that the global download speed average also increased, rising from 1.7Mb to 1.8Mb.

Some 17 per cent of UK consumers can already download at a rate of 5Mb or more, with 83 per cent benefitting from 2Mb broadband, Akamai said.

In the 2009 Digital Britain report, the Labour government vowed to make 2Mb broadband universally available in the UK by 2012.

However, following the general election, the coalition pushed this deadline back to 2015, citing a shortage of funding for infrastructure investment.

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