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Broadband customers in the UK benefit from speeds that are double the global average, while domestic speeds have also increased considerably since last year, a new report reveals.

Figures compiled by Akamai for its latest State of the Internet report show that average download speeds in the UK now stand at 11.6Mbps.

This is a 6% increase on the speeds measured in the fourth quarter of 2014, and is also more than twice as fast as the global average fixed line broadband download speed, which sits at 5Mbps.

It means the UK is now the 21st fastest country in the world for broadband speeds, which is down three places from the end of last year, but still positions it ahead of fellow European giants such as Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

There have been sharp rises for many smaller nations (in terms of both land mass and population), which is made easier due to infrastructure providers' ability to roll out new connections.

However, UK performance is still competitive, with 85% of broadband users having download speeds of at least 4Mbps, 41% accessing 10Mbps speeds or greater, and 24% benefitting from 15Mbps speeds or above, all of which have increased since 2014.

The country's average peak connection speed has also risen by 5.6% to stand at 51.6Mbps, which ranks it 27th on a global scale.

South Korea remains the best country in the world for average broadband speeds, with customers benefitting from mean performance of 23.6Mbps, with the UK's close neighbour Ireland accelerating into second place thanks to average 17.4Mbps download speeds.

The report also included mobile broadband performance across 3G and 4G, and found that the UK is the strongest nation in Europe for average mobile download speeds, standing at 20.4Mbps, easily pushing Denmark (average 10Mbps downloads) into second place.

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