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The UK has moved into the global top ten for broadband speeds, according to Akamai's State of the Internet Q2 2013 report.

Between April and June 2013, average download speeds reportedly increased to 8.4Mb in Britain.

This represented an 11 per cent increase on the 7.9Mb average recorded by Akamai during the first quarter of the year.

As such, the UK moved into tenth place in Akamai's chart, up two places from 12th in Q1 2013.

South Korea continues to lead the way with an average speed of 13.3Mb, ahead of Japan (12.0Mb) and Switzerland (11.0Mb), which leapfrogged Hong Kong (10.8Mb) to take third place.

Latvia secured fifth spot with 10.6Mb, ahead of the Netherlands (10.1Mb), Czech Republic (9.8Mb), US (8.7Mb) and Sweden (8.4Mb).

According to Akamai, the global average broadband speed increased by 5.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter to reach 3.3Mb. This represented a 9.2 per cent increase on 12 months earlier.

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