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The availability of superfast broadband in the UK is greater than in many other European countries, independent EU data has revealed.

According to the latest figures, superfast broadband coverage has reached 90 per cent in the UK. 

This puts it well ahead of other major European nations such as France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Britain also ranked highly with regards to speed, with the average broadband speed rising by 27 per cent from 23Mbps in 2014 to nearly 29Mbps in 2015.

This is being partly fuelled by efforts to roll out fibre broadband across the country. Indeed, Openreach has confirmed that its open wholesale fibre network is now available to 25 million premises.

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, commented: "The UK is making great progress with fibre broadband.

"Availability and take-up are well ahead of most European countries and I’d like to thank the thousands of Openreach engineers who have worked so tirelessly to make this happen."

However, Mr Selly stressed that more still needs to be done and that it is working hard to increase coverage levels beyond the 95 per cent mark.

Furthermore, he said Openreach is looking at how it can improve broadband speeds for those in the remaining "few per cent of the country".

"Our approach has delivered affordable superfast services to the vast majority of the country in the fastest possible time," Mr Selly said.

"We want to build upon that by making ultrafast broadband available to most of the UK. We will do this using a mix of technology and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), with the latter focused mainly on new developments and small businesses in high streets and business parks."

Openreach is aiming to deliver ultrafast speeds to ten million premises across the UK by 2020.

Meanwhile, it hopes to achieve its target of 95 per cent superfast broadband coverage by the end of next year.

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