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Average fixed broadband speeds in the UK have reached 6.3Mb, a new report has claimed.

Akamai Technologies' State of the Internet Report for the third quarter of 2012 claims download speeds increased by 0.6Mb between July and September.

The firm reported that average speeds stood at 5.7Mb in the UK during the second quarter of last year.

With mean downloading capabilities rising to 6.3Mb, Akamai claimed that Britain has the 17th fastest broadband network in the world.

Unsurprisingly, the Far East - where fibre penetration is highest - continues to dominate the broadband speed chart.

South Korea (14.7Mb) remained in first place, ahead of Japan (10.5Mb) and Hong Kong (9Mb).

The best-placed European nations in the Akamai chart were Switzerland and Latvia in fourth (both 8.7Mb), ahead of the Netherlands (8.5Mb) in sixth.

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