The European Commission has revealed new connectivity proposals. Among the numerous targets it laid out, it wants to ensure every house within its remit has access to download speeds of at least 100Mb.
Unlike the UK government's broadband commitment, which pledgessuperfast connections to 95% of premises, and a universal serviceobligation (USO) of 10Mb, the EU's reform package covers everywhere- including remote areas.
Or, in the European Commission's own words: "all Europeanhouseholds, rural or urban, should have access to connectivityoffering a download speed of at least 100 Mbps, which can beupgraded to gigabits per second."
The EC also wants to make sure that every major transport route- roads and railways - have uninterrupted 5G coverage. In addition,5G - faster mobile internet than 4G - should be available in atleast one city in every EU member state by 2020. In addition, itstated that it wants to equip every village and city in Europe withpubic Wi-Fi by that same year.
Andrus Ansip, vice president for the digital single market,said: "Without first-class communication networks, there will be noDigital Single Market. We need connectivity that people can affordand use while on the move.
"To achieve that, spectrum policies must be better coordinatedacross the EU. More competition and further integration of theEuropean market will allow us to reach these goals, helped by theright environment created by the new Communications Code."
The big question, of course, is whether or not the Britishgovernment will try to match these targets. After all, Commission'splans are more of a shared aspiration than legally binding targets.Plus, despite all the current uncertainty around the subject, weshould assume that the Brexit process will be underway by 2020.
We'd like to think that the government will follow suit - maybenot with the same targets, but hopefully similarly ambitious. Afterall, post-Brexit it'll be even more important than ever for Britainto stay competitive with the rest of the continent.
Source: The Telegraph
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