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Global broadband speeds increased by 0.3Mb during the first quarter of 2012, it has been reported.

According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report, average download speeds rose from 2.3Mb in Q4 2011 to 2.6Mb in Q1 2012.

This represents a 25 per cent rise on the equivalent period last year, the analyst reported.

It also marked a reversal of the trend witnessed in the previous quarter, when a 14 per cent reduction in average broadband speeds was reported.

Akamai noted that South Korea continues to have the fastest average download speeds at 15.7Mb.

But the UK remains in the midfield, with an average broadband connection speed of 5.6Mb - only good enough for 21st place in the global chart.

Akamai reported that just 5.6 per cent of UK consumers are currently taking advantage of super-fast broadband, despite the significant investment made in fibre infrastructure.

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