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VoIP News & PR
06-11-2014, 07:10 AM
Rising broadband speeds and developments to the UK network have been recognised by European Union (EU) officials as part of a new report.

The annual digital scorecard revealed the country currently offers 100 per cent fixed internet coverage to homes in urban areas and 99 per cent in rural locations. What's more, high-speed access - which reaches 30Mbps or more - is available to 82 per cent of properties, compared to 62 per cent across the continent.

Findings from the report also showed that 82 per cent of homes had a broadband connection at the end of last year, while one per cent of these have a download speed of 100Mbps.

The scorecard is used by officials to compare local internet performance in a variety of areas, including how regularly government services are accessed, how close countries are to achieving 100 per cent broadband penetration and the rollout of high-speed connections.

It revealed that 72 per cent of European consumers use the internet at least once a week, with just under half purchasing items on the web.

Although the UK and other nations were found to have made progress on internet reliability, officials said there is still a long way to go to improve access for families living in rural areas, as well as enhancing the skills of those who are logging on.

Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commision, said: "Most Europeans now live digital lives and they are hungry for more. We have solved the internet access problem. But the digital skills gap persists. Unless we all do more, we will face a digitally illiterate underclass in Europe."

Earlier this month, research published by telecoms provider BT revealed superfast fibre broadband now covers two-thirds of the UK, thanks to ongoing demand from customers looking to get online from any location.

BT is currently working to bring superfast speeds to 44 additional areas after being awarded contracts through the government's Broadband Delivery UK initiative.

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