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Average global broadband speeds fell slightly to 4.5Mb during the third quarter of 2014, it has been reported.

The latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, for Q3 2014, revealed a 2.8 per cent drop in download capabilities compared to the second quarter of the year.

It isn't clear exactly why the reduction occurred, but it could be a result of increased demand being placed on broadband networks, or a rise in the number of low-speed connections in developing parts of the world.

However, the key statistic is the year-on-year growth figure, and this is much more positive for broadband speeds.

Despite being slightly down on Q2, the mean download speeds recorded by Akamai were still 25 per cent up on the third quarter of 2013.

This shows that progress is being made, and at a significant rate, to increase access to high-speed connectivity services such as broadband around the world.

Average broadband speeds in the UK stood at 10.7Mb, down 3.4 per cent on the quarter but up 17 per cent on a year-on-year basis.

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