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Average mobile broadband speeds are faster in many parts of Europe than the UK, new research has indicated.

A study of app users suggested the UK has some way to go to become a world leader for mobile connectivity.

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The study found that Denmark recorded the highest average mobile broadband speeds at 22.3Mb, ahead of Switzerland (16.5Mb), Norway (14.8Mb), Sweden (11.5Mb) and Finland (11.2Mb).

The UK was 23rd in the chart with an average speed of 4.96Mb, slower than the mean recording in major nations such as France (8.37Mb), Germany (6.14Mb) and Italy (5.39Mb).

A number of factors potentially influenced the readings, in addition to network capability.

For instance, the type of mobile devices used to download data, and the number of tasks undertaken simultaneously, may have had a bearing.

But even so, the study suggests the UK is some way behind other nations on mobile speeds, in particular the Scandinavian countries.

The delayed launch of 4G - which only arrived in Britain in 2013 - means the UK is still playing catch-up on some of the early adopters.

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