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The UK ranks seventh in a global chart based upon the affordability of broadband services, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

On average, Brits spend around 0.7 per cent of their monthly income on broadband services, with only six other countries faring better in this regard, reports

Macao, China, topped the chart with 0.2 per cent, with Kuwait and the US having the next-most affordable broadband (0.4 per cent).

Switzerland was the best-placed European nation (0.6 per cent), with broadband similarly affordable in Luxembourg and Andorra.

With the UK in seventh place in the chart, Japan, Norway and Hong Kong (all 0.7 per cent) complete the top ten.

According to ITU, the affordability of broadband is continuing to improve, with prices across the 160 nations surveyed falling by 82 per cent between 2008 and 2012.

However, the current global average cost of broadband is 22 per cent of average monthly income per capita.

This implies that broadband services remain financially inaccessible to many people on low incomes in the developing world.

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