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UK ranked 5th in world for broadband penetration

Brits lag behind on speed and fibre connections

The UK has been ranked fifth in the world in a study of broadband penetration by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The research revealed there are nearly 19 million broadband connections in the UK, which means around 70 percent of homes have access to the web via fixed or wireless broadband. The US topped the poll with more than 83 million broadband connections and was closely followed by Japan, Germany and France.

The OECD said that in June this year there were 295 million fixed broadband subscriptions across the 31 countries it studied, which is up from 283 million in December 2009. On average, there were 24.3 fixed broadband connections per 100 residents.

When it comes to fibre connections, Japan was named top, as fibre accounts for 55 percent of all the country's broadband connections, while Korea came second with 52 percent.

Japan also came top in the average advertised download speed, with an average connection speed of 107Mbps. Portugal came a close second with 104Mbps. However, the UK is lagging in 14th place with just 19Mbps.

See also: UK ranked 18th in broadband quality list


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