EU report shows that Denmark has almost 100% broadband coverage  

2005.07.29
A new EU publication, Digital Divide Report, which addresses geographical discrepancies in broadband coverage in the EU15 population, shows that Denmark has almost 100% coverage

A new EU publication, Digital Divide Report, which addresses geographical discrepancies in broadband coverage in the EU15 population, shows that Danes has almost 100% access to broadband, regardless of whether they live in urban or rural areas. On average, only 68% of EU15 citizens living in rural areas have access to broadband internet connections.

The EU Commission defines a broadband connection as faster than 144 Kbit/s with the option of scaling up to 2Mbit/s. Ireland and Italy have the lowest broadband coverage in rural regions with 32% and 40% respectively. In countries such as UK and France, the coverage is 80% and 64% respectively.

The report notes that coverage in general is progressing rapidly. During 2004, broadband coverage in rural areas increased by 40%, and take-up in those areas more than doubled. Growth in the market is reported to be driven by increasing demand and innovation such as wireless technologies and the extended reach of ADSL. Further market developments are expected through emerging technologies such as satellite, Wi-Max, PLC and UMTS. The news is reported by ComOn and on the website of Europe's Information Society.

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