UK has greatest broadband coverage in Europe
Apr 12th 2016, 08:32 by Nathaniel Dalby
The UK has the best percentage of broadband coverage in Europe, new EU data has revealed.
The latest figures show that the UK has a 90% broadband coverage, putting it above other European nations such as Italy, France and Spain.
The government has been working on giving the UK a 95% coverage rate by next year, with the results showing progress.
As well as coverage, the UK was also found to be ahead of the pack on speed, with the average speed rising from 23Mbps in 2014 to 29Mbps in 2015.
Openreach, the organisation overseeing the majority of the broadband rollout, said that its fibre services are now available to 25 million people in the UK.
Clive Selley, chief executive of the company, claimed that, whilst UK broadband is better than ever, it needs to keep improving.
"Availability and take-up are well ahead of most European countries and I’d like to thank the thousands of Openreach engineers who have worked so tirelessly to make this happen.”
“We want to build upon that by making ultrafast broadband available to most of the UK. We will do this using a mix of G.fast technology and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), with the latter focused mainly on new developments and small businesses in high streets and business parks.”
Openreach currently has a target of 10 million homes connected to ultrafast broadband by 2020, and is on track to reach its 95% basic broadband coverage by the end of next year.
Recently, consumer watchdog Ofcom declared that Openreach should be shared with other providers separately from BT, but it is not yet known what action the firm will take.
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