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Average broadband download speeds have risen slightly in the UK to 6.5Mb, it has been claimed.

The latest State of the Internet Report from Akamai Technologies reports that speeds increased by 0.2Mb in the UK during the final three months of 2012.

In Q3 2012, the firm reported the mean download speed for fixed broadband users as being 6.3Mb.

Despite the slight increase in average broadband speed, the UK slipped one place in Akamai's global chart - from 17th to 18th.

South Korea retained its number one positioning in the league table, with an average speed of 14Mb. However, this figure was down by 13 per cent on the equivalent quarter in 2011.

Japan stayed in second place with 10.8Mb - up 19 per cent on 12 months earlier. This suggests the country may be closing the speeds gap with its near-neighbour.

Hong Kong claimed third place in the chart with 9.3Mb, ahead of Latvia (8.9Mb), Switzerland (8.7Mb) and the Netherlands (8.6Mb).

The Czech Republic (8.1Mb), US (7.4Mb), Sweden (7.3Mb) and Finland (7.1Mb) complete the top ten in Akamai's latest chart.

In the UK, broadband speeds are gradually rising as the number of households and businesses signing up for fibre-based broadband deals continues to rise.

Service providers including BT, Virgin Media and EE are aggressively promoting super-fast broadband services offering download capabilities in excess of 24Mb.

The UK government wants 90 per cent of the UK population to have access to super-fast broadband speeds by 2015.

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