In the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), Britain stands fifth out of 28 countries when looking at progress towards better-fixed line broadband and mobile networks, up from sixth position last year.
The EC proposed Gigabit Society targets in September 2016 that urged governments to ensure all European households can achieve a minimum download speed of 100Mbps by 2025, with the target for businesses set at 1Gbps.
This new document therefore acts as an interesting tool to measure progress towards achieving these goals.
It was also noted the UK is performing well on superfast broadband (30Mbps and above) and 4G mobile services.
However, Britain only managed tenth position when looking specifically at digital connectivity, with ultrafast broadband (100Mbps) and full fibre networks not as fully realised in this country when compared to the rest of the EU.
Britain’s situation is likely to have improved since this data was collected in 2018 though, as Ofcom recently reported full-fibre coverage in the UK has now hit seven per cent.
Commissioner for the digital economy and society Mariya Gabriel commented: “This year’s DESI demonstrates that the speed of digital transformation must accelerate for the EU to stay competitive at world level. In order to succeed, we have to continue to work together for an inclusive digital economy and ensure unimpeded access to digital skills for all EU citizens in order to truly thrive and build a more digital Europe.”
The report also found businesses in Europe are becoming more digital, but ecommerce has stagnated among smaller businesses, with only 17 per cent selling goods and services online.