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The UK's average broadband user will receive speeds of 50Mb by 2019, according to a new report by Cisco, which also indicates that internet traffic will rise substantially over the same period.

In its yearly 2015 Visual Networking Index, the organisation calculates that average fixed broadband speeds in the UK currently stand at 23.2Mb, but that this will more than double by 2019, reaching around 50Mb by the end of that year.

It is a similar story for mobile broadband, which will more than double over the same period as user demand and greater expectations force providers to up their game.

Overall, the UK's current and projected speeds are ahead of the global average, which stands at 20.3Mb, rising to 43Mb by 2019.

Cisco also calculates that world internet traffic has now expanded to reach 59,851 PetaBytes per month and could hit 167,973 PB by 2019, with business traffic accounting for a fifth of usage and the rest comprising consumer use.

The report's findings come as Westminster council last week launched a campaign urging BT to improve broadband speeds and fibre broadband connectivity in London.

The authority began lobbying for better broadband in the capital after a separate study found that London placed 26th of all European capitals for broadband speeds.

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