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The UK has a higher proportion of 30Mb broadband connections than the other EU5 nations: France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Research conducted by Ofcom revealed the UK saw a 23 per cent rise in the number of broadband lines with a headline speed of between 30Mb and 100Mb between 2008 and 2013.

According to the communications regulator, the number of connections offering speeds above 100Mb rose by 0.1 per cent during the study period.

The UK may fare better on super-fast broadband coverage than its major European counterparts, but it remains some way behind South Korea.

The Asian nation had the highest proportion of connections with a headline speed of more than 100Mb.

Ofcom said this is due to the high levels of government and broadband provider investment in fixed-line infrastructure in South Korea.

Other contributors include a high population concentration and a large number of high-rise residential buildings.

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