Does Britain have the best broadband in Europe?

9953-digitalbritain If you think the broadband in Britain is cruddy, you're wrong. According to official figures, Britain has the best broadband out of the five major European nations. So there.

Ofcom said that the latest European Broadband Scorecard puts Britain out in front when it comes to coverage, take-up and choice of services. It is also "performing well" on price. However, the regulator conceded that comparable figures for connection speed aren't available across Europe.

While Britain is first among Europe's big five, we're ninth in Europe overall. For the competitive, we're better than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Apparently, the availability of superfast broadband has gone up in the UK from around 60% to 73%. The superfast take-up (speeds equal to or greater than 30Mbps) currently stands at 9%, which is better than the rest of the 'big' European nations.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Broadband in the UK is going through a remarkable transformation. The Government’s rollout of superfast broadband is accelerating - Britons already do more business online than any other European country, and the news that we now have the best superfast coverage of all five leading European economies is testament to the progress made to date."

Meanwhile, Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: "This is excellent progress for the UK, but there is more to be done. We want to see even wider availability of superfast broadband across the UK, so as many people as possible can enjoy faster speeds to access the internet."


  • Quietus
    I don't think anybody is saying that our broadband is cruddy, generally speaking, but that we're ripped off for what we have.
  • Whisky
    Better then France my arse. I live in a mid sized town in England and get 11mb, my parents house in a small village in very rural France gets twice that speed.

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