Report: Internet Broadband Use Grows In European Union

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact November 18th, 2009


Access to high speed Internet in the European Union is growing with 80 percent of broadband lines now having download speeds of 2 megabits per second or greater, according to a report published Wednesday by the European Commission.

In July 2009, 24 percent of the EU population had a broadband access line subscription marking a 21.6 percent increase from July 2008, the report found. The research also found a 54 percent increased of mobile broadband penetration since January, which means the EU currently has a penetration rate of 4.2 percent per 100 citizens.

“Vibrant high-speed broadband markets in a competitive single telecoms market are a strategic priority in the European Digital Agenda that is currently being prepared in the Commission. High-speed internet broadband, whether via fibre networks or wireless, is a pre-condition for a strong digital economy in Europe and for European leadership in new technologies and applications,” said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding in a statement.

She expects a new and pro-competitive regulatory framework for Europe’s telecoms markets to drive the roll-out of high speed internet in member states.

The report found 40 percent of the population in Denmark and the Netherlands have a broadband connection “but growth rates are slowing as they approach saturation.”

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