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The growth of broadband across Europe is continuing according to a new publication from the European Commission.

A new report has demonstrated that the gap in percentage of take-up in EU countries has lessened - from 28.4 percentage points last July to 27.7 in the corresponding month this year.

The figures also highlighted the increasing use of mobile broadband, with overall penetration in EU countries reaching 6.9 per cent.

Telecoms commissioner Vivian Reding said that the EU plans to help along the development of broadband by making major investments in the future.

She commented: "I am also glad that other countries in Europe are catching up. Under the European Economic Recovery Plan presented by the Commission this week, we plan to channel a further €1 billion (£837 million) of EU funding into high-speed internet infrastructures."

Denmark was found to foster the highest broadband penetration (37.2 per cent), with Bulgaria bottom of the penetration table on 9.5 per cent.

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