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Author Topic: UK Ranks 7th in 2018 EU Broadband Connectivity Progress Report  (Read 231 times)


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The European Commission has publish their 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which uses data from 2017 and 2018 to reveal the United Kingdom’s progress toward the EU’s Digital Agenda goals (e.g. NGA 30Mbps+ broadband for all by 2020). This year we remain ranked 7th out of 28 member states.

In case anybody has forgotten, the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) set several targets but the main ‘Connectivity’ related one called for every home to gain access to a 30Mbps+ capable Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband connection by the year 2020. On top of that it also called for 50% of consumers to be “subscribed” to a 100Mbps+ service (not the same as coverage).

The good news is that the United Kingdom continues to belong to the “high performing cluster of countries” and we’re particularly strong in the all-important area of digital connectivity, where we also rank 7th and that’s an improvement from 8th last year. Overall our general rank is 7th – across all categories – and that’s unchanged from 2017.

It looks like an interesting report which I'll read more indepth later.

I noticed a comment in the comments section on the article say this: "7th for NGA coverage, 6th in rural areas. 24th in ultrafast coverage. The only nation in the EU with higher FTTP coverage in rural areas than urban.". I wonder if the reason for more rural FTTP than urban is because there are smaller FTTP network builders like B4AN building.
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Re: UK Ranks 7th in 2018 EU Broadband Connectivity Progress Report
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 03:34:18 PM »

Nope. Taxpayer funded via BDUK. B4RN et al's coverage is very small in the grand scheme.
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Re: UK Ranks 7th in 2018 EU Broadband Connectivity Progress Report
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2018, 03:37:39 PM »

The reason for more FTTP in rural areas than in urban ones is down to a) BDUK and b) the requirement for Openreach to keep its copper network going for LLU etc.

Both of these have effectively distorted the market and available resources so that FTTP is more widespread in rural areas rather than urban ones where it would probably have made better commercial sense.