EU Internet Access Coverage Reaches 99 Percent
A study prepared for the European Commission Directorate-General of Communications Networks, Content and Technology by IHS Global Limited, Valdani Vicari Associati shows Internet access coverage no longer is problem within the European Union.
While availability is not the same as purchase, a variety of access platforms are widely available across the European Union, with digital subscriber line, 3G mobile and satellite having the widest availability. Broadly speaking, there is no lack of high speed access infrastructure in the European Union, though rural areas are tougher to serve, as always.
The study results show that over 216 million EU households (99.4 percent) had access to at least one of the main fixed or mobile broadband access technologies at the end of 2014 (excluding satellite).
VDSL coverage increased by over seven percentage points throughout 2014, reaching 37.6 percent of households by the end of the year.
The proportion of homes passed by fiber to the premises networks increased by 4.3 percentage points to reach 18.7 percent, while DOCSIS 3.0 coverage grew slowly, reaching 42.7 percent of households covered in 2014 compared to 41.6 percent the previous year. Some 98.2 percent of cable connections are now DOCSIS 3.0 capable across the EU.
LTE coverage has increased from 59.1 percent to 79.4 percent.