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A new report from the European Commission suggests UK broadband coverage is above the European Union (EU) average.

At the end of 2012, the UK had 99.6 per cent DSL coverage - meaning the overwhelming majority of businesses and households have access to copper-based broadband services.

Across the 27 states that were EU members in 2012 , this figure was 92.9 per cent - suggesting there are more fixed broadband 'not-spots' in other parts of the continent.

In some non-DSL areas, fibre broadband or other fixed-line solutions may be available. However, in the majority of regions, network infrastructure is primarily based upon DS technology.

The European Commission has set a series of targets for broadband in the EU, to be achieved by the end of the decade.

It wants every citizen in the trade bloc to have access to a minimum of 30Mb broadband by 2020.

In addition, the Commission is aiming for at least 50 per cent of the EU population to have access to 100Mb download speeds.

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