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Just one in a thousand UK fixed-line connections is capable of delivering 100Mb broadband speeds or faster, it has been revealed.

In its Digital Agenda Scoreboard, the European Commission shed light on the coverage of ultra-fast broadband services in Britain and its continental counterparts.

And the findings were not altogether positive for the UK.

Despite a number of broadband providers - including BT, Virgin Media and KC - launching 100Mb services, a mere 0.01 per cent of connections are equipped to deliver such speeds.

The proportion of UK consumers paying for 100Mb broadband is slightly higher at 0.02 per cent - but this is still only two households in a thousand.

And many of the consumers signed up for ultra-fast broadband services are seemingly unable - as yet - to access the headline speeds.

"In terms of the broadband speed targets set by the Digital Agenda for Europe, the UK has one of the smallest shares of lines within the EU at and above 100Mb," the Commission said.

"The penetration of these lines in January 2012 was only 0.02 per cent and below the EU average of 0.4 per cent."

Even where 30Mb broadband services are concerned, the UK is lagging behind other European countries.

Some 1.7 per cent of UK consumers are accessing up to 30Mb broadband services, compared to 2.4 per cent across the European Union.

Just over one in 20 connections is capable of delivering downloads at 30Mb.

Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's Digital Agenda Commissioner, claimed that Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital choices, but governments and industry are not keeping up with them.

"This attachment to 20th-century policy mindsets and business models is hurting Europe's economy," she claimed.

"It's a terrible shame. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by under-investing. Europe will be flattened by its global competitors if we continue to be complacent."

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