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The UK has dropped one position in Akamai's latest rankings of average fixed line broadband download speeds across the globe.

Britain's average download speed was rated at 15Mbps in the organisation's Q2-2016 State of the Internet report - a slight improvement on the 14.9Mbps recorded in the previous quarter.

This is significantly higher than the global average of 6.1Mbps, but it was not enough to prevent the UK slipping from 19th to 20th place.

However, it is better than the 21st place recorded in the first quarter of 2015, which indicates that the UK's longer-term performance has been broadly consistent.

Figures from Akamai also showed that 90 per cent of broadband users were able to achieve speeds of 4Mbps or more in Q2 2016.

Again, this was a slight decline on the previous quarter, but better than the 89 per cent figure recorded in Q4 2015.

The proportion of users able to achieve speeds of at least 10Mbps remained unchanged in Q2 at 53 per cent.

The government has pledged to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that ensures everyone in Britain is able to access minimum speeds of 10Mbps by 2020.

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