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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

It may not come as a surprise to many, but the UK's broadband has some way to go if it is to be considered among the best in the world.

According to a new report from research and advisory organisation Ovum, the nation has the 27th best broadband on earth, based on take-up of high-speed fixed and mobile services. 

Europe in general lags behind, with Norway the only country on the continent to be named in the top ten global markets. 

Instead, it is Asia that leads the way, with South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan occupying the top four spots in Ovum's ranking. The organisation expects these nations to retain their positions over the next five years.

Comprising the remainder of the top ten are Qatar, Andorra, the United Arab Emirates, the US, Canada and Norway, which comes in tenth. 

While Europe is someway behind at the moment, Ovum does expect the situation on the continent to improve in time. 

When it comes to the nations with the worst level of broadband connectivity, Africa unsurprisingly dominates, with eight nations - Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Cameroon, Niger, Central African Republic, Benin and Chad - in the top ten. War-torn countries Iraq and Afghanistan complete the list.

A few weeks ago, Akamai released its latest State of the Internet report, which ranked the UK as having the 16th fastest average connection speed in the world during the second quarter of 2014.

This means the country was rated 11th in Europe, behind the likes of Switzerland, Latvia, Ireland and Romania, but ahead of Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Akami ranked South Korea has having the fastest broadband in the world, followed by Hong Kong in second place.

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