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Ultrafast full fibre broadband coverage in the UK is well behind the European Union average, a new report has revealed.

According to the European Commission's 2017 European Digital Progress Report, the UK, Belgium, Greece and Ireland are all lagging behind with regards to Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) coverage.

Indeed, only two per cent of homes in the UK were found to be able to subscribe to FTTP services.

This compares with more than 80 per cent in the likes of Latvia and Portugal.

The report added that FTTP services have mainly been made available in urban locations across the European Union.

Latvia was a notable exception, along with Luxembourg, Romania and the Netherlands, as a quarter of rural households in these nations have access to FTTP.

Despite the UK's poor ranking in the report, the situation could be set to change in the coming years, as Openreach recently confirmed that it would sound out communications providers on the viability of creating a full-fibre network in Britain.

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