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Super-fast broadband coverage is continuing to increase across the European Union (EU), a new study has revealed.

The European Commission (EC) says 53.8 per cent of households in the trade bloc now have access to broadband speeds of 30Mb plus.

This figure rises to 70.3 per cent in the UK, where the fibre broadband rollout is continuing at pace, led by the likes of BT and Virgin Media.

Basic broadband services are now available to 95.5 per cent of homes, with improvements in satellite broadband technology helping to bridge the gap.

Neelie Kroes, EC Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, welcomed the fact that broadband is now "virtually everywhere" in the EU.

However, she said it is important not to "get stuck playing yesterday's game".

"The data shows that the biggest problem this year is the lack of investment in very fast networks," Ms Kroes stated.

Relatively few EU households have signed up for ultra-fast 100Mb broadband deals to date, the EC study revealed.

The Commission has set a target of 50 per cent adoption by the end of the decade, but at present, just two per cent of citizens have a 100Mb broadband subscription.

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