Feeds

Europe reports broadband growth

Surely, the big EU story of the day...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The European Union (EU) may be facing a constitutional crisis of its own making, but at least the take-up of broadband among member states is growing fast.

The Commission has revealed there are now 40 million broadband lines in the EU - up 70 per cent on last year - with an extra 45,000 lines being added each day.

The fastest-growing broadband nation is The Netherlands, which yesterday told Europe to stuff its constitution where the stars don't shine.

Other fast-growing broadband nations include France - which rejected the constitution at the weekend - and the UK, which is looking increasingly unlikely to be given a chance to voice its opinion on the matter.

Said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding: "These broadband figures are very impressive and extremely encouraging for the future. Broadband is central to Europe's competitiveness and prosperity.

"Growth in broadband supply and take-up leading to lower prices, greater choice and more innovative offerings for business and consumers. We need to keep up this momentum." ®

Related stories

UK no longer OECD's broadband laggard
EU disgorges internet stats
Ireland one of most expensive countries for broadband

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard
OK, his constituency. Brace yourself for EXTRA #selfies
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.