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The UK had the 13th fastest average broadband speeds in Europe at the end of 2012, a new report has indicated.

Akamai Technologies' State of the Internet Report for Q4 2012 claims that UK broadband speeds rose by 0.2Mb from 6.3Mb to 6.5Mb between October and December.

However - despite registering an annual growth rate of 27 per cent - a number of European nations continue to outperform Britain in terms of mean download capabilities.

At the top of the chart is Latvia with an average broadband speed of 8.9Mb - up 20 per cent on Q4 2011 and 2.3 per cent on the previous quarter.

Switzerland - in second place - saw the same rate of annual growth, as download speeds rose to 8.7Mb.

The Netherlands was not far behind with 8.6Mb, however growth was slower - just 3.3 per cent over the 12-month period and 0.1 per cent on a quarter-to-quarter basis.

Next came the Czech Republic (8.1Mb), Sweden (7.3Mb), Finland (7.1Mb), Romania (7.0Mb) and Denmark (7.0Mb), ahead of Belgium (6.7Mb), Ireland (6.6Mb), Norway (6.6Mb) and Austria (6.6Mb).

The UK's 13th position in the European broadband speed charts was one higher than Germany, which recorded a 6.0Mb average with an 18 per cent annual growth rate.

Hungary (5.9Mb), Israel (5.8Mb), Slovakia (5.8Mb) and Poland (5.6Mb) came next in the chart, with Portugal (5.0Mb), Spain (4.9Mb), France (4.0Mb) and Italy (4.0Mb) lagging further behind in the rankings.

In the global charts, South Korea held on to first place with an average broadband connection speed of 14.0Mb.

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