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The UK's fixed broadband penetration rate is the 12th best in the world, according to a new report.

Research conducted by the International Telecommunication Union‘s (ITU) Broadband Commission found that the UK has 32.7 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

This was some way below the leading nation - Liechtenstein (71.6) - although it must be noted that the European principality has a population of less than 37,000.

Another tiny, low-populated state - Monaco - came second in the chart with a penetration rate of 44.2, with Switzerland (39.2) the first of the 'larger' countries (estimated population 7.9 million).

The Netherlands (38.7), Denmark (38.2), South Korea (36.9), Norway (36.5), France (36.1), Iceland (33.9) and Belgium (33.0) complete the top ten, with Luxembourg (32.9) one place above the UK.

Germany was in 13th place with a rate of 32.5 fixed broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, with the US (28.7) in 18th and Japan (27.4) occupying 20th place.

In terms of mobile broadband penetration, the UK fared slightly better in the ITU study, coming in 9th in the chart with a rate of 62.3.

Interestingly, both Singapore (110.9) and South Korea (105.5) registered scores above 100 - revealing that consumers are taking out multiple mobile broadband subscriptions.

This is to ensure connectivity across a range of devices, such as smartphones, tablets and dongles.

Dr Hamadoun I Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, commented that broadband networks and services are "transforming our way of life".

"The Broadband Commission is committed to ensuring that the benefits of broadband are available to all," he stated.

"I am delighted by the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the many senior business leaders and top policy-makers on the Commission to advancing the global broadband policy agenda.”

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