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The UK's average home broadband speeds rose to 14.7Mb in May 2013, latest Ofcom research has indicated.

Based upon figures published by the media regulator, fixed-line download speeds rose by 22 per cent over six months and 64 per cent year-on-year.

Ofcom said that with fibre broadband networks being rolled out in earnest across the UK, broadband speeds have more than quadrupled since 2008.

It revealed that 19 per cent of UK homes now have access to 30Mb download capabilities or greater, up from 14 per cent in November 2012 and eight per cent last May.

And as of May 2013, 86 per cent of UK fixed-line residential broadband users were on packages with advertised speeds above up to 10Mb. This was up from 76 per cent six months ago and 68 per cent in May 2012.

The UK average peak time download speed was measured at 14.2Mb in May - 88 per cent of the average maximum speed.

This compared to an average peak time speed of 11.8Mb in November 2012 - 90 per cent of the average maximum speed.

Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s Consumer Group Director, said that with the average household now owning more than three types of internet-connected devices, consumers are "demanding more than ever from their broadband service".

"Internet providers have responded by upgrading customers to higher speed services and launching new super-fast packages," he noted.

Mr Pollack said the UK is yet to see the full effect of government measures to improve broadband availability in rural areas, which should also help to boost speeds.

The Con-Lib coalition is investing an initial £530 million in countryside-based networks, with the promise of additional funding post-2015.

Mr Pollack predicted that the upcoming 4G launch in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands will also have a positive effect on mobile broadband availability across the UK.

This will ensure consumers have a super-fast alternative to a fixed fibre-optic broadband connection.

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