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Global average broadband speeds increased by 21 per cent during the second quarter of 2014, it has been reported.

The latest State of the Internet report from Akamai claims that the average fixed-line connection was capable of delivering 4.6Mb download speeds.

In the UK, downloading capabilities increased by 12 per cent to 11.1Mb between April and June, boosted by the continuing rollout of super-fast fibre networks.

But despite the increase in broadband speeds, Britain slipped from 15th to 16th in Akamai's global chart.

South Korea remained at the top of the pack with speeds of 24.6Mb, up by 4.0 per cent on the quarter and 84 per cent year-over-year.

Hong Kong (15,7Mb) took second place in Q2 2014, ahead of Switzerland (14.9Mb), Japan (14.9Mb) and the Netherlands (14.3Mb).

Sweden (13.6Mb), Latvia (13.5Mb), Ireland (12,6Mb), the Czech Republic (12.6Mb) and Romania (11.8Mb) completed the top ten during the second quarter.

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