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The average UK broadband speed has risen slightly to 5.1Mb, it has been reported.

According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report, average download capabilities rose from 5Mb during the third quarter of 2011.

Globally, average broadband speeds increased from 2.6Mb to 2.7Mb during the July to September period, the firm claimed.

South Korea - which has a fully fibre-based infrastructure - continues to lead the way on broadband speeds, with a mean downloading capability of 16.7Mb.

Hong Kong remains in second place with 10.7Mb, ahead of Japan and Latvia (8.9Mb), the Netherlands (8.5Mb) and Switzerland (7.5Mb).

Despite the extension of fibre networks in the UK, the country has dropped to 25th place in the global rankings based upon average broadband speeds alone.

However, the country may begin to climb the chart as the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund begins to increase speeds in the UK countryside.

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