THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has slammed the UK government and business sectors for failing to keep up with consumers' digital demand, after it was revealed that just 0.1 per cent of Brits have access to 100Mbit/s broadband internet bandwidth.
In its Digital Agenda Scoreboard published on Monday the European Commission shows that the UK is falling behind when it comes to the web by failing to meet broadband speed targets.
While 0.1 per cent of UK homes have access to 100Mbit/s speeds, while the Digital Agenda calls for 50 per cent of households to have 100Mbit/s access by 2020, just 1.7 per cent have signed up for 30-100Mbps connections. According to the report, just 5.5 per cent of fixed connections in the UK are able to deliver those rates.
"In terms of the broadband speed targets set by the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), the UK has one of the smallest shares of lines within the EU at and above [100Mbit/s]," the commission said in the report. "The penetration of these lines in January 2012 was only 0.02 per cent and below the EU average of 0.4 per cent."
Although UK did better than other countries in terms of regular internet use, the Digital Agenda Scoreboard shows that both the government and businesses are failing to keep up with consumers' demand for digital access, and are failing to provide fast internet, online content, research and relevant skills.
European Commission VP Neelie Kroes commented, "Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital choices, but governments and industry are not keeping up with them.
"This attachment to 20th century policy mindsets and business models is hurting Europe's economy. It's a terrible shame. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by under-investing. Europe will be flattened by its global competitors if we continue to be complacent." µ
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