Brussels Urges Bulgaria to Improve Broadband Take-up

Brussels Urges Bulgaria to Improve Broadband Take-up

The European Commission recommended to Bulgaria to improve broadband take-up and to further promote investment in broadband infrastructure, in particular in rural areas.
“Bulgaria has a low take-up of fixed and mobile broadband, and is still facing a digital divide in terms of broadband infrastructure,” the Commission said in its annual digital progress rankings.
Standard fixed broadband covered 89.6% of homes in Bulgaria in 2012, compared to 95.5% in the European Union (EU) while next generation access capable of providing at least 30 Mbps download was available to 60.7% of Bulgarian homes, compared to 53.8% in the EU.
The take-up, subscriptions as a percentage of population, of fixed broadband was 19% in January, up 3.0 percentage points than a year earlier.

Third generation mobile broadband (HSPA) was available to 99.4% of population in 2012, above the EU average of 96.3%, while 4th generation (LTE) was not yet deployed. 

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