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A new map showing broadband coverage across 29 European nations has been launched by analyst firm Point Topic.

The European Commission has initiated the project as it bids to deliver universal 30Mb broadband in the EU by the end of the decade.

Point Topic will measure broadband coverage district-by-district across all 27 EU countries, as well as Norway and Iceland.

"With so many different technologies delivering broadband, knowing which area each technology covers and how many homes they pass is a real challenge, particularly as there is a significant geographical overlap," said the analyst firm.

The research will enable the EU to monitor how far Europe has progressed towards its objective of super-fast broadband for everyone, how far it still has to go and where action will be most needed to achieve the Digital Agenda targets.

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, said accurate data is critical for delivering policy and regulation that enables broadband internet for all Europeans.

"I invite telecom providers throughout Europe to participate in this survey, so we have more accurate data to assist our joint efforts to offer broadband to citizens and businesses Europe-wide," she stated.

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, said the firm was "very pleased and proud" to have the opportunity to do such important and pioneering work on behalf of the European Commission.

"We have been tracking the coverage and offerings of broadband operators around the world since 1998 and mapping UK broadband in detail since 2005," he explained.

Mr Johnson said the mapping service should be able to advance the cause of making broadband into a major utility, with reliable and high quality services available to everyone.

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