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Average UK broadband speeds may be increasing, but the nation remains some way behind the global elite, it has been reported.

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report claims that the average British broadband customer is able to download at a rate of 5.6Mb.

The ongoing rollout of super-fast fibre broadband is helping to lift the average, and move the UK up the global chart. However, it still remains outside the top ten countries for download speeds, reports Gigaom.

Unsurprisingly, South Korea retained its place at the top of the rankings during Q2 2011, with consumers able to access an average of 14.4Mb.

According to the report, almost two-thirds of households in the south-east Asian nation have access to speeds in excess of 5Mb.

Hong Kong took second place with a 9.2Mb average, with Japan (8.1 Mb) and the Netherlands (7.5 Mb) the next-best performers.

Earlier this week, Ofcom reported that the average UK broadband connection is capable of 6.8Mb, showing some discrepancy with Akamai's latest figures.

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