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 Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The European Union already has standard broadband available for the great majority of EU homes, 95.7%, over 200 million altogether. It is also now half-way towards the goal of 30Mbps access for all by 2020. Over 50% of EU homes – 105 million - already had NGA broadband available to them.

 

The gap is inevitably larger in rural areas, particularly where NGA is concerned. 78% of rural EU homes have access to standard broadband but only 12% - 5 million - have NGA available. Thus 35 million of the 40 million rural homes in Europe are waiting for NGA to arrive. Bringing it to them is likely to require considerable effort and investment.

 

As far as individual technologies are concerned, the research shows that DSL is by far the most important fixed line broadband technology in Europe today, with 92% coverage of households. Standard cable comes next with 42%. WiMAX has under 15% coverage.

 

Looking at NGA technologies, Docsis 3, which is also included in the standard cable figures, is most important with 37% coverage. VDSL, which is included in the DSL figures, is next at 21% and FTTP is available to just 12% of homes

 

As for mobile broadband, HSPA has rapidly grown to 95% coverage, ahead of DSL and with almost as many homes passed as all the standard broadband technologies combined. At the other end of the scale, LTE is still very new with less than 9% coverage.

 

Source: European Commission. Extracted from the executive summary of the report.