Ofcom benchmarks broadband speeds

The average speed of a broadband connection in the UK is 3.6Mbps (megabits per second) according to new research from regulator Ofcom.

The speed test is described by Ofcom as "one of the most sophisticated and thorough" ever done.

The average speed is still "significantly" below that which many broadband packages promise, Ofcom said.

On average, consumers receive 45% of the advertised headline speed and less than their phone lines can deliver.

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