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The average UK broadband connection speed increased during the third quarter of 2010, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by Akamai suggests that UK consumers were able to download at an average of 4Mb between July and September 2010.

This represented a marginal improvement on the 3.9Mb achieved during the second quarter of the year.

Compared to South Korea – which has the fastest average broadband connection at 14Mb – the UK's broadband network looks highly inferior.

However, Akamai reported that the global mean stood at 2Mb at the end of Q3, up from 1.8Mb between April and June 2010.

So while UK residents are some way from receiving the fastest download speeds available worldwide, they are better off than consumers in many other countries around the world.

Last year, media regulator Ofcom presented a rival view on UK broadband speeds, claiming in May that the average connection was capable of 5.2Mb downloads.

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