Ofcom has published a report that compares the coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice of fixed and mobile broadband services in the UK with services available in other European countries. It’s known as the European Broadband Scorecard and measures progress towards the UK government’s ambition that the UK should have the ‘best superfast broadband network’ (usually defined as faster than 30Mbps) of any major European country by 2015.
Today’s report shows that the UK ranks between third and first on broadband coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice when compared with France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
UK fixed-line broadband penetration is around 32 connections per 100 people; ahead of Italy and Spain and the same as France and Germany. However, Germany and Spain have are ahead in terms of superfast broadband coverage.
Mobile broadband take-up in the UK is 64 connections per 100 people
Ofcom points out that the UK has highly competitive markets for both fixed-line and mobile broadband services.
[European Broadband Scorecard (pdf)]