EU taking lead in broadband growth

Fierce competition from new providers has pushed broadband subscription rates in eight European countries above the levels in the United States and Japan, according to figures to be released Wednesday.Growth could accelerate further if the European Commission succeeds in a drive to jolt those countries still dominated by former state monopolies, said the top telecommunications regulator in Brussels.The commission said the European Union added 19 million broadband lines in 2007, the equivalent of more than 50,000 households a day. countries ahead of U.S. on broadband, study says [IDG]
Eight European countries have broadband penetration exceeding 22 percent, putting them ahead of the United States, according to the European Commission’s 13th Progress Report on the Single Telecoms Market.Denmark tops the list with 35.6 percent of households having access to broadband services. In Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, it exceeds 30 percent.The United Kingdom, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg are also ahead of the United States, according to the Commission.

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