The European Union (EU) has published the latest version of its 'Broadband Performance Index', which compares 27 member states (EU27) based on a mix of broadband speed, price, competition and coverage. Happily the UK fairs quite well, placing fourth due mostly to high ratings for strong market competition and price.
The highest ranked is Sweden, followed by the Netherlands. Both countries have a high propensity to use advanced services and a competitive environment that has ensured affordable prices and high speeds.
Denmark, UK, Norway, and France formed the second cluster. France's performance is very good in terms of supply-side indicators such as speeds and prices, but is limited by the take-up of advanced services.
The average take-up download speed in the UK appears to be 3,644Kbps (3.6Mbps), with 75% of households owning a personal computer. Meanwhile the average monthly median cost (price per person) of a 2Mbps connection was £6.72 and £13.10 for 8Mbps.
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