Study shows just one in 1,000 UK broadband lines is ultra-fast
Only one in every 1,000 fixed broadband lines subscribed to in the UK is delivering speeds of 100Mbps or more, according to the European Commission's latest Digital Agenda Scoreboard.
The study indicated that the country is falling behind its European counterparts in the super and ultra-fast broadband stakes, with the publication stating that Britain has "one of the smallest shares of lines within the EU at and above 100Mbps", reports ZDNet UK.
In January, the penetration of these connections stood at just 0.02 per cent, well behind the European average of 0.4 per cent.
The UK was also found to be lagging at lower speeds, as uptake in the 30 to 100Mbps range was measured at 1.7 per cent, compared with 2.4 per cent for the whole of the continent.
European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes claimed governments and industry are failing to keep pace with demand for next-generation access.
She warned: "Europe will be flattened by its global competitors if we continue to be complacent."
Despite the damning report, Ofcom figures suggest that 58 per cent of the UK can access super-fast broadband, including 61 per cent of properties in England.