I agree that many areas of Europe are lagging behind on broadband, but what about Scandinavia?
Sweden has had 4G for about a year, and according to this article has an average broadband speed of 5.7 Mbps: the U.S. is only at 3.9 Mbps. Sweden also has an IT ministry (!!) which has promised that 90% of all Swedish homes should have access to 100 Mbps connections by 2020. So I think they're doing well!
In addition, if you look at the article above, Europe doesn't seem to be doing that bad: Romania, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, and Czech Republic are also in the top ten.
So yes, while I do agree that France/Germany/Italy/UK may be a bit behind... other parts of Europe are actually ahead of the curve, and there's a good possibility that Sweden will have the best broadband infrastructure in the world 10 years from now.
The figures are interesting, Anna. I would have actually expected a larger percentage of people saying they were interested on access on their mobile devices. A lot of experts in this field point to mobile devices as the wave of the present and future. Are the European also using applications to identify location? That is supposedly the hot area for marketing in the US now.
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