Welcome!

News Feed Item

Data Confirms EU Hit ‘Broadband for All’ Target, IHS Technology Says

The European Commission (EC) today published its Digital Agenda for Europe Scoreboard for 2013, with help from research conducted by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight, and Valdani, Vicari & Associati (VVA).

IHS Technology provided the EC with data on broadband coverage and access of various technologies across all European Union member states for 2013. IHS and VVA data confirmed that basic broadband (consisting of xDSL, Cable, Fibre-to-the-Premises, WiMAX, HSPA, LTE and Satellite technologies) is available to everyone in the European Union.

Key findings:

  • Next Generation Access technologies doubled since 2010 and now cover 62 percent of EU homes;
  • Compared to 2012, an additional 20.5 million homes received access to high-speed broadband (at least 30 Mbps download speed) in 2013;
  • Fixed broadband coverage in rural areas increased from 79.9 percent to 89.8 percent in two years as governments in many Member States focus on improving rural broadband;
  • 4G (LTE) mobile broadband availability increased sharply to 59.1 percent of EU households in 2013, up from 27 percent in 2012.

“The data visualization section of the European Commission’s Scoreboard allows people to interact with the data collected by IHS and VVA as part of the Broadband Coverage in Europe 2013 study in a dynamic way,” said Alzbeta Fellenbaum, broadband analyst at IHS Technology.

“The animation option shows, among other indicators, the growth of standard fixed broadband coverage on a national and rural level, NGA coverage as well as mobile broadband (3G and 4G) availability in each EU member state.”

“The growth of e-commerce, public services and cloud computing in the EU all depend on high speed broadband growth,” she said. “We are seeing more and more investment from governments and the private sector in this industry.”

Fixed and fixed wireless technologies cover 97.2 percent of EU homes and provide primary Internet access for most EU households. Among these technologies, xDSL has the largest footprint (93.5 percent) followed by Cable (42.7 percent) and WiMAX (19.7 percent).

Fixed coverage is the highest in the Member States with well-developed DSL infrastructures, and is over 90 percent in all but four Member States (Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia).

4G availability jumps 32 percent in one year

4G mobile broadband coverage, as a percent of the total number of households, shows that Scandinavian countries, Germany, France and the UK are among the 11 countries above the EU average of 59.1 percent. In Sweden, 99.2 percent of households are in areas covered by advanced 4G mobile broadband. In Germany, 81 percent of households are covered, compared to the 68 percent covered in France and the 63 percent covered in the UK.

With 4G technology being commercially launched in all but three Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta), deployment of 4G mobile increased sharply from 27.0 percent in 2012 to 59.1 percent in 2013. 3G (HSPA), however, remains the leading mobile broadband technology, covering 97.1 percent of EU households.

Rural access improves

Some gaps remain in terms of coverage of rural areas, where 96.5 percent of households have access to broadband Internet (excluding satellite). Rural households continue to be substantially underserviced by fixed technologies (89.8 percent), and especially by NGA technologies (18.1 percent). Nevertheless, there was remarkable progress in fixed broadband coverage in rural areas over the past two years -- from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 89.8 percent in 2013 -- as governments in many Member States focused on improving broadband access in rural areas.

Nearly two-thirds of EU households have access to Next Generation broadband

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of EU households have access to broadband connections capable of delivering at least 30 Mbps download speeds. These so-called Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies include VDSL, Cable DOCSIS 3.0 and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP).

At the end of 2013, Cable DOCSIS 3.0 had the largest NGA coverage at 41.2 percent, followed by VDSL (31.2 percent) and FTTP (14.5 percent). Over the past year, the NGA coverage increased by eight percentage points, equaling 20.5 million additional households covered by high-speed NGA broadband technologies compared to 2012.

In 2013, VDSL was the fastest growing NGA technology (from 24.9 percent in 2012) with upgrades of cable networks to Cable DOCSIS 3.0 nearly complete and FTTP coverage increasing by two percentage points only. This development clearly demonstrates the shift in broadband strategy in many Member States, where companies are focusing on upgrading of existing copper networks rather than on the more costly deployment of fibre optic all the way to consumers’ homes.

Malta, Belgium and the Netherlands are close to full NGA coverage. Traditionally, NGA coverage continues to be high (over 90 percent) in Latvia and Lithuania due to continued FTTP deployment, whereas VDSL and Cable DOCSIS 3.0 are behind the high NGA coverage in Malta, Belgium and the Netherlands. Italy, Greece and Croatia lag behind in NGA coverage with less than a third of households having access to high-speed broadband in each of the countries.

About the Digital Agenda for Europe

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is the European Union’s strategy to promote digital technologies, including rollout of high-speed broadband internet, to deliver sustainable economic growth across the EU. The DAE goals, first announced in 2012, have included universal basic broadband coverage by 2013 and high-speed (at least 30 Mbps download) broadband coverage by 2020.

About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2014 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

Follow us on Twitter @ihs

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323). The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...
SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. ...
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, will deep dive into best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
StarNet Communications Corp has announced the addition of three Secure Remote Desktop modules to its flagship X-Win32 PC X server. The new modules enable X-Win32 to safely tunnel the remote desktops from Linux and Unix servers to the user’s PC over encrypted SSH. Traditionally, users of PC X servers deploy the XDMCP protocol to display remote desktop environments such as the Gnome and KDE desktops on Linux servers and the CDE environment on Solaris Unix machines. XDMCP is used primarily on comp...
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...