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Average broadband speeds in the UK countryside reached 3.5Mb at the end of May 2012, it has been reported.

Latest figures published by Ofcom indicate that rural broadband speeds are improving - at least for some of those living in remote areas.

In May 2010, consumers living in the countryside were able to access speeds of 2.7Mb on average.

The current 3.5Mb average compares to 10.5Mb in urban areas, and an overall mean of 9.0Mb download speeds for the UK.

Rural broadband speeds are still below the UK average of 3.6Mb recorded in May 2008.

And with some villages gaining access to super-fast fibre services this year, it is likely that many households and businesses are continuing to experience speeds much slower than average.

The government is investing £530 million upgrading the national broadband infrastructure in a bid to deliver speeds of at least 2Mb to every community by 2015.

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