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Research by analysts at broadband.co.uk have shown that the average broadband speed has now broken through the 5Mbps barrier to reach 5.106Mbps.

"Looking back to a year ago when the average speed was only 4.2Mbps we can see how far things have improved" Says Edd Dawson, Editor at broadband.co.uk.

The results were calculated from thousands of broadband speed tests taken on the broadband.co.uk site during July 2010 by ordinary broadband users UK wide.

"These figures mirror almost exactly the recently published Ofcom figures and we are pleased to be able to confirm the accuracy of their study." adds Dawson.

At the individual provider level Virgin retain and extend their lead as the UK's fastest broadband provider (a position they've held for an incredible 23 months) clocking in at almost double the UK average at 10.041 Mbps simultaneously becoming the...

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