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UK lags behind on super-fast broadband

Gov't urged to invest in fibre network

The UK is being beaten by Japan, Finland and Sweden when it comes to super-fast broadband connections.

According to research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UK ranks 21st out of 30 countries, when is comes to providing high-speed internet connections for residents.

Japan came top as it currently can provide inhabitants with a 1Gbps connection.

The organisation also revealed that the UK is comes 13th when it comes to broadband penetration, but is beating the US and Greece among other.

The OECD said broadband connections in the 30 countries as a whole had totalled 271 million in June this year, that's a 10 percent increase on the same period last year.

However, the OECD said investment in super-fast broadband was still needed.

"This upgrade [to fibre optic networks] is important because high-speed broadband networks are increasingly seen as a fundamental infrastructure for the economy, like roads, water and electricity," the OECD said.

"Telecommunication firms have been investing heavily to upgrade older copper and coax networks to fibre to accommodate our ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. But the economic crisis has threatened to halt this investment just as consumers and businesses are using more internet bandwidth."

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See also: BT promises 24Mbps broadband to 75% of UK


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