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UK average broadband speed drops

Decline is in line with global trend, says report.

The average broadband speed in the UK dropped in the last quarter of 2011, according to a report.

The figures detailed in Akamai's State of the Internet report showed that the UK's average broadband speed dropped by 3.5 percent to 4.9Mb. Blighty came in 25th in the global rankings with Holland topping the European countries.

This drop was in-line with a European and global trend but it wasn't all bad for UK internet. The study found that 91 percent of connections were rated above 2Mb and 30 percent above 5Mb.

The news comes at a time when internet service providers such as Virgin Media, BT and Zen are doubling customers' broadband speeds.

The global average connection speed saw an unusual, and fairly significant, decline in the fourth quarter of 2011, dropping to 2.3 Mbps," the report said. "It was reflected in declines in eight of the top 10 countries, as well as the United States."

Around the world a total of 93 countries saw their average connection speed drop ranging from 0.3 percent in Kyrgyzstan to 31 percent in Kuwait. Meanwhile South Korea and Japan both saw nice improvements with average connection speeds growing to 17.5Mb and 9.1Mb respectively.

It may be a lot of negative figures but Akamai said the yearly perspective is good. "For the year, the global average connection speed was up a solid 19%, with double-digit percentage growth seen in eight of the top 10 countries and the United States."

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