Britain in EU's top five ecoomies for broadband

Britain in EU's top five ecoomies for broadband
Figures from Ofcom show that the UK ranks second in the European Union's five leading economies for broadband taking on all measures of coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice. The other four are France, Germany, Itatly and Spain.

100,000 new homes and businesses are getting access to broadband each week in the UK and the take up of superfast broadband in the last quarter was over 650,000.

Speaking at the Cable Congress, Ed Vaizey said:

"The pace of change is impressive – BT is making fibre available to 100,000 new homes and businesses per week, and combined with Virgin’s upgrade figures, take-up of superfast services in the last quarter alone was well over 650,000.

The UK is already a world leader in the online economy, with the internet contributing more than eight per cent of GDP. Our flagship businesses are tapping into global markets, and our consumers enjoy excellent choice and services when choosing their broadband and phones.

Through this investment, and working in partnership with industry, we will see much faster speeds, millions more homes and businesses able to enjoy these speeds, and a market which boasts high competition and low prices, particularly compared to our European neighbours."

He added:

"Our aim is to remove the barriers preventing investment and innovation, and demonstrate that Britain is one of the best places in the world to do business online. So we will remove barriers and red tape. We cannot allow rollout to be delayed by planning refusals, or confusion when carrying out street works, or by long running legal issues over access to private land.

Our goal is to provide certainty, to ensure the money invested in rollout is used to take superfast broadband further, not wasted on delays and disputes. It is important that the regulatory framework governing the telecoms sector is fit for purpose and competitive."