The European Union's (EU) target of 100 per cent super-fast broadband coverage by 2020 is set to be missed, Point Topic has claimed.
According to the broadband analyst, around one in ten households across the EU member states will be unable to access 30Mb download speeds at the end of the decade.
Point Topic believes fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) - or VDSL - will be the main solution for deploying super-fast broadband across Europe.
This is because full fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections prove too costly and difficult to roll out in many areas, the firm said.
"Copper-based broadband technology offers the best solution for providing super-fast broadband across most of Europe, for both technical and financial reasons," Point Topic stated.
The firm expects FTTC broadband to reach 73 per cent of EU homes by 2020, with 16 per cent served by an FTTP connection.
In addition, Docsis 3 cable will cover 45 per cent, it added.