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The UK is continuing to lag behind many other European countries when it comes to broadband speeds.

According to data collected by M-Lab for Cable.co.uk, the UK currently ranks behind 25 other nations in Europe.

Figures also showed that the country stands in 35th place in the global broadband league table, down from 31st a year ago.

However, average broadband speeds in the UK have risen during this period to 18.5Mbps, which is above the global average of 9.1Mbps.

The fastest average speed was found in Singapore, which boasted a figure of 60Mbps.

Scandinavia dominated the European rankings, with Sweden recording an average of 46Mbps, followed by Denmark and Norway with averages of 43.9Mbps and 40.1Mbps respectively.

The findings come shortly after the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) called on ministers to publish a plan to roll out full-fibre broadband by spring next year.

According to the body's first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, full-fibre broadband is cheaper and more reliable than part-copper, part-fibre connections. However, the NIC said it will take at least ten years to deploy the technology across the whole country.

As a result, it believes the government should "make a decision on full-fibre now", or else the UK risks being "left behind in years to come".

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