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Average UK broadband speed increased slightly in the final three months of last year, rising to 10.9Mb, it has been claimed.

Akamai's State of the Internet Report for Q4 2014 points to a 1.4 per cent increase in average speeds between October and December, reports

Over the course of 2014, the UK saw a 15 per cent rise in mean downloading capability.

More than four out of five broadband users (83 per cent) had access to speeds of 4Mb or greater during Q4 2014, up from 81 per cent in the previous quarter.

The proportion who were able to download at 10Mb or greater rose slightly from 36 per cent to 38 per cent.

As usual, Hong Kong led the way in terms of average speeds, with fixed-line subscribers benefiting from downloads of 22.2Mb.

This was down by 12 per cent on the quarter following a spike in Q3, but still represented a 1.6 per cent increase on one year earlier.

Hong Kong came second in the chart with 16.8Mb, ahead of Japan (15.2Mb), Sweden (14.6Mb), Switzerland (14.5Mb) and the Netherlands (14.2Mb).

Latvia (13.0Mb), Ireland (12.7), the Czech Republic (12.3Mb) and Finland (12.1Mb) completed the top ten in Akamai's Q4 2014 speed chart.

The UK could only manage 18th in the list, but it finished higher than Russia (27th), Germany (29th), Spain (36th) France (44th) and Italy (54th).

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