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Press Rel
ease for Publication of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda Scoreboard

13 June 2013

SIGNIFICANT EFFORT I
S STILL NEEDED TO ME
ET
EUROPE’S SUPERFAST B
ROADBAND CHALLENGE

POINT TOPIC STUDY
CONTRIBUTES TO THE E
C’S DIGITAL AGENDA S
COREBOARD

This
week

the European Commission updated its
Digital Agenda Scoreboard
, measuring progress with respect
to the targets set out in the Digital Agenda. A new study completed by
Point Topic

shows that whilst nearly all
households in Europe could access basic broadband services at the end of 2012, signific
ant challenges still
remain in delivering high
-
speed broadband to all.

The purpose of the Digital Agenda in
Europe is to harness the internet and other
digital technologies to drive
sustainable economic growth.
It

includes two targets relating to broadband coverage:



All households should have access to broadband of at least basic quality by 2013;



All household
s should have access to high
-
speed broadband of at least 30 Mbps by 2020.

At the end of 2012 over 99.9% of households could have access to at least a basic broadband network


covering all fixed, fixed wireless, mobile and satellite technologies.

Without s
atellite, 99.4% of households are
covered by fixed, fixed
-
w
ireless and mobile technologies, and in general coverage is fairly consistent across the
study countries.

There can be significantly more variation in the coverage of
Next Generation Access

(NGA)

technologies
,
shown in the chart

below. NGA services, which can deliver speeds of at least 30 Mbps,
were available to 53.8%
of

households at the end of 2012.

Figure 1: NGA coverage across the EU 27 and Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

In Malta,
the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg, NGA coverage had already exceeded 90% at
the end of 2012. However in France, Greece, Croatia and Italy, less than 25% of households had access to
these high
-
speed services.

Figure 2: NGA coverage in the

study countries, end 2012

The study also shows how competing technologies are sharing out the superfast broadband market. Docsis 3
cable had by far the highest NGA footprint at the end of 2012, covering nearly 40% of households. This was
followed by VDSL
at 25% with FTTP (fibre
-
to
-
the
-
premises) lagging behind at 12% coverage. The three
technologies together add up to only 54% total superfast coverage because they overlap a lot, competing to
serve the richer and more densely populated areas and leaving othe
rs underserved. Highlighting the size of the

gap, only 12% of rural households were covered by NGA technologies in 2012.




Figure 3: coverage for each of the nine broadband technologies in total and rural areas

Bringing NGA services to the rest of Europe

is likely to require considerable effort and investment. But
a recent
study by Point Topic

suggests that the investment required could be much less than previously es
timated.

Point Topic has brought together new research and new approaches to broadband needs and costs to provide
more accurate estimates of investment requirements t
han have been possible before.
The results suggest that
the EU will have to invest about
€82 billion to reach the o
bjective of 100% NGA coverage.
This is muc
h less
than is often suggested.

For example, the European Commission generally quotes a range of €180 to €270
billion as the cost of achieving all the Digital Agenda targets
.

The €82bn is dominated by the €52bn cost for reaching rural areas, although only 14% of the EU’s
household
s
are there. A further €22bn will be needed to cover the semi
-
rural sector. But a modest €8bn should be
enough to bring NGA to all the 148 million h
ouseholds, 71% of the total, which make up Europe’s cities, towns
and suburbs.


The high cost of rural coverage dominates the picture as far as individual countries are concerned. Of Europe’s
big four, France, as the most rural, has the biggest investment

need at €17.5bn. The UK on the other hand,
although similar in population, needs only €7.5bn. Among the medium
-
sized countries Spain, Sweden, Greece
and Ireland require relatively large investments. At the other end of the scale, countries which are re
latively
small, or highly urbanised, or both, have more modest needs, typically less than €350m, although that may still
be high in terms of expenditure per head.

The €52 billion estimate also assumes that superfast investment will be capped at an average
of €2,000 per
household
. “Most of that amount will have to be funded by the taxpayer in one way or another,” says

Point
Topic’s

Tim
Johnson “and we think that’s about as much as they will stand for. But we think that a large
proportion of rural Europe wi
l
l get wired up on that basis.”


Further

reading

Digital Agenda for Europe Scoreboard

Digital Agenda for Europe Scoreboard Report

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011



last year’s report produced by Point Topic for the European
Commission. A new report will be available in Autumn 2013.

Europe’s

Broadband Investment Needs



a report by Point Topic looking at the investment needed to bring
superfast broadband to Europe

Key to technologies



DSL


provides broadband speeds up to 24 megabits per se
cond over the telephone network



VDSL (Very
-
fast DSL)
-

provides superfast speeds (30Mbps or m
ore) over the telephone network



FTTP (fibre
-
to
-
the
-
premises)


delivers the fastest possible broadband over optical fibre to apartment
blocks or a
ll the way to individual
household
s



WiMAX


the up
-
to
-
date standard fo
r broadband over
wireless links to fixed aerials



Standard cable


provides broadband over cable TV

networks using older standards



Docsis 3 cable


the up
-
to
-
date standard for providing superfast b
roadband over cable TV networks



HSPA


the up
-
to
-
date standa
rd for mo
bile broadband over 3G networks



LTE


the new standard for fourth
-
g
eneration (4G) mobile broadband



Satellite


two
-
way broadband delivered over the newest sate
llites using KA
-
Band technology

About Point Topic

Point Topic is the primary websource f
or DSL, FTTx, cable and other broadband supplier and user statistics,
databases, information and reports. Its data is in use worldwide amongst governments, commercial
organisations and as general reference. A range of online services provides the most up
-
t
o
-
date, accurate and
cost effective worldwide and UK specific broadband data sets available. See
www.point
-
topic.com

for more
details.

For media information please contact
Laura Kell

at
laura.kell@point
-
topic.com

or on:
+44(0)20 3301 3305
.