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The UK continues to lag behind in the broadband midfield where average broadband speeds are concerned, it has been reported.

According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report, UK households and businesses could expect to receive downloads of 4.3 per cent during the final quarter of 2010.

This positioned the UK at 26th in the global rankings, in a chart dominated by the Asian trio of South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

Constanta in Romania was found to be the fastest European city for broadband, with internet users able to download at an average of 8.23Mb.

In London, web users could expect broadband speeds of just 3.5Mb between October and December 2010.

However, with Virgin Media continuing to roll out its 100Mb fibre broadband technology, and BT increasing super-fast broadband coverage, the UK could be set to work its way up the rankings during 2011.

Earlier this month, Virgin Media announced plans to trial 1.5Gb broadband services in London –the fastest download speeds available anywhere in the world.

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