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A number of broadband solutions may be required to meet the European Commission's (EC) broadband coverage targets, it has been suggested.

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC's Digital Agenda, said fibre-to-the-home, fibre-to-the-cabinet, next generation mobile solutions and upgraded cable will all have a part to play.

The EC wants to see all European household have access to 30Mb broadband speeds by 2020, with at least half signed up for 100Mb services.

This is an ambitious goal, compared to the UK's target of 90 per cent coverage of 25Mb broadband speeds by 2015.

"We have to realise there is no magic solution to achieve our ambitious targets overnight. If there were, we would have picked an earlier date than 2020," said Ms Kroes.

"We will meet those targets with a gradual approach based on a mix of technologies."

She said Europe needs a complementary combination of solutions, introduced incrementally, and "tailored to local needs".

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