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Britain’s place in EU ‘top five’ economies for broadband confirmed

100,000 new homes and businesses are getting access to broadband each week.

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Ed Vaizey

Telecommunications Minister Ed Vaizey today said that the UK’s plans to put broadband at the heart of our economic growth agenda are on track.

In a keynote speech at the cable congress today in London, Mr Vaizey announced that 100,000 new homes and businesses are getting access to broadband each week. Take up of superfast broadband in the last quarter alone was also well over 650,000.

UK Performing well

New figures from Ofcom show the UK performing well among major European economies. On all measures of coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice, the country ranks between third and first in the European Union’s five leading economies, the ‘EU5’: France, Germany, Italy and Spain and the UK.

Mr Vaizey said:

The UK is already a world leader in the online economy, with the internet contributing more than eight per cent of GDP. Our flagship businesses are tapping into global markets, and our consumers enjoy excellent choice and services when choosing their broadband and phones.

Further information

Press notice

Ed Vaizey’s keynote speech

Ofcom report on UK’s broadban progress

Broadband: What we do

Published 5 March 2013