Eastern European nations, rather than their wealthier Western counterparts, are leading the way in terms of broadband speeds, it has been reported.
Research conducted by Pando Networks has offered insight into the development of super-fast broadband networks around the globe.
Aside from South Korea, which continues to dominate the speed charts, it is the likes of Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia that are rolling out super-fast fibre broadband most eagerly.
The UK lags some way behind the world elite, with average download speeds roughly half those available in Latvia, and a quarter of those in South Korea, the study said.
Robert Levitan, CEO of Pando Networks, explained that there were some "striking disparities" between the broadband speeds on offer around the world.
"While, in general, developed economies outpaced the developing world in average download speeds, big names such as the US, UK, France, China and Canada were not even close to being the fastest," he added.
"Instead, we saw high speeds in markets such as Eastern Europe where focus on infrastructural development and favourable geography promote a higher level of connectivity."