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Average fixed-line broadband download speeds stood at 10.7Mb in the UK in the third quarter of 2014, it has been reported.

Akamai's State of the Internet Report for Q3 2014 indicated that mean download capabilities were down by 3.4 per cent on the second quarter of the year.

However, average speeds were found to be up by 17 per cent on a year-over-year basis, meaning the long-term trend remains positive for the UK.

Its average of 10.7Mb was good enough for only 19th place in the Akamai global speed chart, down from 16th in the previous quarter.

It remains to be seen whether the ongoing rollout of fibre broadband in parts of the countryside previously cut-off from super-fast connectivity will make a difference to the UK's ranking.

More homes and businesses now have access to fibre broadband, but average speeds will only rise significantly if there are greater levels of adoption.

Unsurprisingly, South Korea continued to lead the way in Q3 2014 with average broadband speeds of 25.3Mb, up by 2.7 per cent on the quarter and 14 per cent year-over-year.

Hong Kong (16.3Mb) held on to second place in the table, ahead of Japan (15.0Mb), Switzerland (14.5Mb), Sweden (14.1Mb), the Netherlands (14.0Mb) and Ireland (13.9Mb).

Latvia (13.4Mb), the Czech Republic (12.3Mb) and Singapore (12.2Mb) completed the top ten in the State of the Internet Report for Q3 2014.

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