Taiwan takes pole position as UK lags in global broadband league

Taiwan has leapt into first place in’s World Broadband Speed League this year, with a mean download speed of over 85Mbps, up from 28Mbps in 2018’s list. The World Broadband Top 10 is topped by Taiwan, Singapore, with a mean broadband speed of 70.86Mbps and – something of an outlier – the tiny UK […]

EC provides funding for Italian broadband rollout

The European Commission has allocated €573 million in funding to support the deployment of fast broadband in Italy. The EU funding, covering 60% of the project’s eligible costs, will help bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available.More than Italian 7,000 municipalities will be covered, totalling 12.5 million inhabitants and almost […]

New Ofcom speed code gives broadband and TV subs right to walk away

UK regulator Ofcom has introduced new rules giving consumers the right to walk away from broadband contracts that do not live up to promises made about speed, with the ability to drop TV services and fixed-phone packages purchased at the same time. The new code of practice introduced by Ofcom means that broadband operators must […]

Liberty Global report: European consumers ‘value broadband more than sex’

European consumers value broadband network quality and coverage more than competitive pricing, and would be more willing to give up sex, holidays, their favourite TV channels and chocolate than their home broadband connection, according to a study commissioned by Liberty Global from AT Kearney. The study, based on a survey of 8,000 consumers in the […]

S&P: half of fixed-line broadband homes in APAC get speeds of 100 Mbps

Roughly half of all fixed-broadband households in the Asia-Pacific region have a connection with download speeds of 100 Mbps or greater, according to Kagan. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group found that as of the first half of 2018, 49.3% of fixed broadband households across 14 markets could access these broadband speeds, equating to […]

Openvault: 2018 broadband use accelerated in Europe and the US

Broadband use accelerated across Europe and the US in 2018 according to research by Openvault, a firm that helps operators to manage their networks by tracking data usage. Openvault’s end of year 2018 report claims that average broadband use for European households was 168.2 GB per household in 2018, up from 126.2 GB per household […]

Ofcom: half of UK homes could boost their broadband

Half of British households could switch to faster broadband without paying more according to Ofcom, which announced a range of measures to help people get the best deal. The communications regulator claimed that around four million households with “old-style, basic broadband” have passed their initial contract period and could switch to superfast for the same […]

Point Topic: now over one billion fixed broadband subscriptions

The one billionth fixed broadband subscription globally was almost certainly signed up before the end of September this year, according to research outfit Point Topic. Point Topic’s most recent research put the total number of global fixed line broadband subscribers at 983 million at the end of June. Current adoption rates mean that the billionth […]

US outpacing Europe in broadband usage

The US is outpacing Europe in average broadband usage, according to industry analytics and technology provider OpenVault. According to OpenVault, average cable broadband usage per household in Europe grew at a rate of 19.5% during the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, compared to an average of 31% in the US during the same period. […]

Broadband speeds rise in developed markets but UK drops in ranking

Average broadband speeds globally rose 23% over the last year, but most progress was among countries with existing fast broadband, according to a study by The UK dropped four places in’s national rankings to 35th place overall. Europe, the US and the leading economies of the Asia Pacific region – Singapore, Japan, Taiwan […]

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