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The average global fixed-line broadband connection was capable of 3.9Mb download speeds during Q1 2014, it has been reported.

According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, average speeds rose by 1.8 per cent compared to the previous quarter.

South Korea continued to have the fastest average connection speed at 23.6Mb, up by 8.0 per cent on the final quarter of 2013.

Japan was in second place with 14.6Mb, ahead of Hong Kong in third with an average of 13.3Mb.

The highest-placed European nation in the Q1 2014 speed chart was Switzerland with 12.7Mb, ahead of the Netherlands (12.4Mb) and Lativa (12.2Mb).

Sweden (11.6Mb), the Czech Republic (11.2Mb) Finland and Ireland (both 10.7Mb) completed the top ten.

David Belson, Author of the State of the Internet Report, claimed the trends in global broadband speeds are "very positive".

"Steady year-over-year growth suggests that a strong, global foundation is being built for the enjoyment of next generation content and services like 4K video and increasingly connected homes and offices," he stated.

He said the signs are that connectivity will continue to evolve, to support the growing demands emerging technologies will place on the internet.

But how did Britain fare in latest Akamai's broadband speed chart?

The UK came in 15th place with an average of 9.9Mb, up by 5.1 per cent on the quarter and by 31 per cent on the year.

According to the report, 80 per cent of UK broadband users were able to download at speeds greater than 4Mb - up from 79 per cent in Q4 2013.

Nearly a third (32 per cent) had access to speeds greater than 10Mb, and 17 per cent were able to download at 15Mb or faster.

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