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UK broadband performing well

UK broadband performing well

Category: Broadband

Updated: 05/03/2013
First Published: 05/03/2013

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The regulator for communications, Ofcom, has published the European Broadband Scorecard, a report looking into how the UK's broadband compares with our continental neighbours'.

Commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the report covers areas such as broadband coverage, usage, price and choice of fixed and mobile services.

Overall, the UK performed well, ranking between first and third on the measures listed above.

The UK leads the way with internet usage, with 81% of people online, the highest percentage in the EU.

In terms of fixed broadband take-up, the UK has around the same as France and Germany at 32 connections per 100 people.

Take-up for mobile broadband was also high in comparison to other EU nations, sitting in second place just behind Spain, with 64 connections per 100 people.

The report found that the UK has some of the lowest and most competitive fixed and mobile broadband prices, leading the EU in eight metrics out of twelve.

The Government has said it will compare the results against measures for France, Germany, Spain and Italy, to provide a clear picture as to where the UK is in terms of meeting its objective of having the best and fastest broadband network in Europe by 2015.

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