Every EU household can now have a basic broadband connection, thanks to pan-EU availability of satellite broadband. Satellite connections are now available in all 28 countries meaning every European can take out a satellite subscription, including the three million people not already covered by fixed and mobile broadband networks.
Vice President of the
"My motto is Every European Digital - now every European genuinely has the opportunity. We have more to do to improve networks and equalise the opportunity, but the opportunity is there."
"Thanks to the extra coverage provided by satellite broadband, we have achieved our 2013 target of broadband for all. That's a great result for European citizens.
How we got to 100 % coverage?
FIXED (ADSL, VDSL, cable, fibre, copper) 96.1%
MOBILE (2G, 3G, 4G) 99.4%
By the end of 2012, 99.4% of EU household had access to basic fixed or mobile broadband coverage; including 96.1% of households in rural areas. But the final 0.6% (or roughly 3 million citizens) included many families and businesses in isolated or rural areas where fixed or mobile broadband rollout is more cumbersome and expensive.
Kroes says: "The EU is technology neutral, but for those in the most isolated areas, satellite is a good option to stay connected; and it's likely to remain so."
Many Europeans don't realise satellite broadband is an option for them. That is why
There are 148 satellites providing services to Europeans. Basic packages start from
However, Kroes warned that basic broadband is not enough, and that faster broadband speeds were essential to deliver a truly Connected Continent:
"Access to reliable and affordable higher broadband speeds of 30Mbps and 50 Mbps are essential for
The Commission's Connected Continent package to strengthen the telecoms single market aims to build strong European champions in other areas of the digital ecosystem. For example, measures like a single authorisation regime will ensure that the right to operate in one member state gives the right to operate in all. This will in particular be a boost for cross-border technologies like satellite. With a common framework and collaborative governance, there should be no need to have to deal with multiple separate bureaucracies.
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