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The high-speed internet is gradually becoming more worldwide in nature, it has been claimed.

David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai Technologies, said there has been "slow, but consistent, growth" in broadband adoption among less economically developed countries in recent years.

Many nations are recognising the economic advantages of a strong national broadband infrastructure, he commented.

"In addition, new submarine cables continue to bring high-speed international connectivity to many of these countries, extending the opportunity to participate in the online world," Mr Belson stated.

"With these changes, as well as the deployment of high-speed next-generation mobile connectivity in developing countries, the web continues to become more worldwide in nature."

Two submarine cables stretching from Europe down the west coast of Africa are set to bring high-speed downloads to the region from mid-2012.

Countries such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will receive fixed broadband services for the first time, reducing their reliance on satellite links, reports Voice of America.  

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