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UK leads the way in broadband

Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Government Opportunities (GO) Telecommunications Minister, Ed Vaizey, said that the UK’s plans to put broadband at the heart of our economic growth agenda are on track.

In a keynote speech, at the cable congress, Mr Vaizey announced that 100,000 new homes and businesses are getting access to broadband each week. Take up of superfast broadband in the last quarter alone was also well over 650,000.

New figures from Ofcom show the UK performing well among major European economies. On all measures of coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice, the country ranks between third and first in the European Union’s five leading economies, the ‘EU5’: France, Germany, Italy and Spain and the UK.

Mr Vaizey said: “The UK is already a world leader in the online economy, with the internet contributing more than eight per cent of GDP. Our flagship businesses are tapping into global markets, and our consumers enjoy excellent choice and services when choosing their broadband and phones.”

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