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Almost half of all UK broadband users have witnessed no download speed improvements in the past three years, a study has suggested.

Despite the many millions invested in the UK's communications infrastructure in recent times, 47.8 per cent of consumers surveyed by said their broadband speed was the same as in 2008.

Opinion was divided on the matter, with 46.3 per cent of respondents claiming download speeds have improved, and 5.7 per cent saying they were unsure.

But the findings will no doubt frustrate broadband providers such as BT and Virgin Media who continue to invest large sums on fibre broadband networks.

Ofcom recently reported that the average UK broadband speed rose from 6.2Mb to 6.8Mb over the last six months.

However, the study indicates that many consumers have experienced few tangible benefits from the work ongoing to increase download capabilities.

As more households and businesses embrace super-fast fibre broadband services capable of 40Mb+, this situation could begin to change.

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