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Broadband prices in the high penetration countries of western Europe are falling, according to a new study.

Munich-based consultancy Solon's Western European Broadband Markets report has revealed that 11 out of 15 western European countries looked at now have broadband penetration of over 50 per cent.

In Denmark, 82 per cent of the population now enjoy broadband services, with Holland next on 75.4 per cent and Switzerland on 73.8 per cent.

Commenting on the findings, Julian Clover of Broadband TV News has suggested that the large numbers of households now broadband-connected may have led to a fall in prices.

He said: "Broadband speeds may be progressively rising - but the actual price to the consumer is falling.

"According to Solon, double play pricing has fallen below €30 in eight out of 15 countries studied. This is good news for consumers."

Denmark is one of the only European countries to provide a national wireless network.

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