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Consumers in the UK pay less for residential broadband than the global average, according to a new report, which also reveals that the cost of slower copper-based broadband is beginning to rise as the technology is phased out.

Data published by Point Topic shows that people in Western Europe are currently paying less for cable broadband than any other part of the world, standing at $0.70 per MB per month, compared with $0.90 in Asia-Pacific, $1.16 in Eastern Europe and $2.20 in North America.

The cost of superfast fibre broadband services is also continuing to decrease in Western Europe, where it now averages just $0.60 per MB per month, narrowly behind the Asia-Pacific region, where fibre is just $0.50 per MB per month.

Conversely, older copper-based broadband is rising in cost, with customers paying an average of $2.87 per MB per month in Western Europe.

Across the globe, the average monthly charge for residential broadband services stands at $75.87, which is up slightly from the $72.52 recorded at the end of 2012, though customers in the UK only pay $48 - equivalent to £30 - making it the 23rd cheapest country for broadband services.

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