EU Report Reveals Fragmented Nature of Internet Market

The EU has today criticised the telecoms market for having charges which vary too widely across the continent.

A European Commission has stated that the application of EU telecoms rules are inconsistently applied which can be confusing for consumers.

The report said that charges range from 0.04 euros per minute in Latvia to 0.24 per minute in Malta.

Neelie Kroes, the EU's digital agenda commissioner stated: "rapid growth of mobile broadband and more affordable internet access are good news for consumers in these tough economic times".

"Yet the limited progress towards a true single market is disappointing. Member states need to do more to ensure telecoms rules are properly implemented."

The Commission has also revealed that some national regulators are controlling wholesale broadband markets, whilst in other countries; regulation is limited to landline networks alone.

The survey revealed other results too including the rate at which different countries have taken up the idea of fixed-line broadband.

Denmark and the Netherlands were revealed as the world leaders in fixed-line broadband, with nearly 40 per cent of the population enjoying broadband internet access in this way.

The report also shows that the amount of people taking up EU mobile broadband has almost doubled in the last year.

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