Europeans 'getting more fibre optic broadband access'
The study by market research firm IDATE, commissioned by the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Europe, revealed that the growth rate rose from 19 per cent in June 2009 to 29 per cent at the end of the year.
It is believed that this equates to 3.5 million subscriptions, which in turn means that the services are now available to around 25 million homes and businesses across the continent.
While the UK has not made it into the top seven countries, Norway and Sweden were found to have the highest penetration with 64.9 per cent and 41.4 per cent respectively.
The top five was completed by the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, with Italy and France following closely behind.
Karel Helsen, president of the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Europe, recently suggested that the UK needs to increase its efforts to provide widespread high-speed broadband coverage.