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The UK's average fixed line broadband download speed has increased to 11.6Mbps, new figures have shown.

Akamai's latest Q2 2015 State of the Internet (SotI) report found the UK was well ahead of the global average of 5.1Mbps, moving it up from 21st to 19th in the overall rankings.

The study is largely based on the performance of Akamai’s global Content Delivery Network, which covers between 15 and 30% of all web traffic.

Among its most prominent findings was the fact that many countries, despite boasting strong national fibre optic infrastructure (FTTH/P) still struggle to impress.

For instance, South Korea, which emerged top of the pile for average speeds, could only muster a score of 23.1Mbps - a fairly underwhelming speed when compared to some of the top speeds available from some providers here in the UK.

According to ISPreview, this mainly due to the fact that consumers regularly pick slower speed packages in order to save money, while network congestion or traffic management can also play a part.

As well as South Korea, Hong Kong (17.0%), Japan (7.8%), Sweden (16.1%), Switzerland (15.6%), Netherlands (15.2%), Norway (14.3%), Latvia (14.2%), Finland (14.0%), Czech Republic (13.9%), rounded off the top 10.

Analysts have suggested the UK's absence from the top 10 is mainly due to a slower rate of innovation in improving connection performances.

However, the evidence suggests speeds are improving, with research showing that the percentage of UK users with access to a connection over four Mbps increasing from 83% in Q4 2014 to 85% in Q2 in 2015.

There was also a 3% rise in those able to achieve speeds over 10Mbps, standing at 41%, while the number of connections over 15Mbps increased from 22% to 23%.

The peak UK speed also increased from 48.8Mbps to 51.6Mbps.

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