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The UK may not have the fastest broadband speeds in the world, but they are more than acceptable, it has been claimed.

David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai Technologies - which publishes the quarterly State of the Internet report - said the UK remains "a solid performer" where internet speeds are concerned.

He said that while the UK has generally ranked outside of the top ten countries, it has shown consistent improvement over time.

In the most recent Akamai report, the average UK broadband speeds was reported to have fallen to 4.9Mb during the final quarter of 2011.

According to this data, the UK has the 16th fastest broadband speeds in Europe, and continues to lag far behind the global leaders South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.

But Mr Belson is optimistic that download capabilities will continue to improve in Britain - particularly as the likes of BT and Virgin Media roll out ultra-fast fibre-optic services.

"We expect that with continued investment in broadband connectivity within the UK, as well as other European countries, that connection speeds, as well as broadband adoption will continue to increase," he stated.

"Long-term trending - year-over-year and four-year - shows that speeds are getting faster and that adoption is improving, over time."

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