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Average cable broadband speeds have exceeded those delivered by fibre in the UK, Ofcom research has revealed.

The media regulator found that, in the six months to May 2014, the average speed delivered by cable broadband was 43.3Mb. This was up by eight per cent on November 2013.

Fibre broadband connections enabled subscribers to download at an average rate of 42.0Mb in the six months to May 2014.

In terms of overall broadband speeds the average increased by 0.9Mb to 18.7Mb.

The average ADSL fixed-line was capable of delivering 7.4Mb broadband speeds, up from 0.7Mb.

For super-fast connections - which now account for 28 per cent of all lines - the average download speed was 47.0Mb.

Ed Richards, Chief Executive at Ofcom, said more and more consumers are benefiting from improvements to the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

"While good progress is being made, there is still work to do in ensuring more widespread distribution of high-speed, reliable broadband services across the UK," he stated.

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