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The UK is continuing to trail behind many other nations in the developed world on broadband speeds, it has been reported.

Research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has placed the UK 14th out of 33 nations in terms of the average headline broadband speed.

The UK mean broadband speed was found to be 19Mb, light years behind the 105Mb available to subscribers in Japan.

Portugal, Slovakia and Hungary are all reported to offer faster average speeds than the UK, although this could change when Virgin Media and BT launch their new fibre-optic networks.

Meanwhile, the UK was ranked fifth out of 33 in terms of the number of fixed broadband lines, with 19 million nationwide.

At present, 58 per cent of consumers receive broadband via their landline, 29 per cent through cable service and 12 per cent via fibre-optics, the OECD said.

Last month, the European Commission reported that 29 per cent of European households and businesses can now access minimum 10Mb broadband speeds.

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