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article imageUK tops Internet use in Europe, has cheapest connections

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 9, 2013 in Internet
Recent statistics show that Britons use the Internet more than any other European country. In addition, the costs to connect are cheaper.
A new report issued by Ofcom, the British state-appointed telecommunications sector regulator, shows that residents of the UK have the highest number of people using the Internet, reported the Financial Times. The study compared Britain's position in the "EU5", which consists of the five leading economies in Europe: UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The scorecard, which analyzes data as of the end of 2011, notes Information Week, shows results for coverage, take-up, usage , price and mobile/home Internet use, according to Ofcom's press release.
Key findings:
• 81 percent of UK population are Internet users.
• UK is equal to France in Germany in broadband with about 32 connections per 100 people
• Places third in "superfast broadband coverage" with 65 percent of households having it as of June 2012; Germany and Spain lead this area.
• The UK has the second highest number of mobile users with 64 out of 100 users; Spain is slightly higher.
• Internet connections are cheaper in the UK, for both broadband and mobile.
Currently, the UK Government is seeking to expand its "superfast broadband". If the plan is successful, it is anticipated the UK should have the fastest connections in Europe by 2015. Information Week reported that currently, the average UK broadband connection is approximately 8-9 Mbps.
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