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The European Commission and performance testing specialist SamKnows are to compile a cross-border broadband coverage map, it has been announced.

Broadband performance in all 27 EU Member States and three other nations - Croatia, Iceland and Norway – will be measured, in a bid to help broadband providers, regulators and consumers improve internet services across the continent.

SamKnows – which helped Ofcom compile a coverage map for the UK – is now seeking 10,000 volunteers from across Europe to become involved in the survey.

Participants will be sent a small device to plug into their home internet connection, and when the broadband line is not in use, the 'Whitebox' will run a series of automated tests to measure its speed and performance.

Alex Salter, Chief Executive at SamKnows, said the firm is working to provide stakeholders with the information they need to push for improved broadband services.

"The people who volunteer to take part will not only get access to our technology for free, but will be champions for better broadband across Europe as they help us to develop a picture of connectivity across Europe," he stated.

The United States' Federal Communications Commission has also conducted broadband and speed performance testing in association with SamKnows.

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