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Introduction

The European Commission released its annual European Digital Progress Report in May 2016. which found that the 28 member states are at very different stages of digital development.

Highlights

  • Overall, the biggest change across Europe has been the increase in fast broadband connections and mobile internet, as well as a wider range of services being provided online by public organizations. Despite a rise in fast broadband connections, an urban-rural digital divide continues in Europe.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyses the change in coverage and take-up of fixed and mobile broadband connections.
  • Compares the EU's performance against the top global performers.

Key questions answered

  • Which areas of digital development have seen the greatest progress in the EU?
  • How does digital development within the EU compare to the rest of the world?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Despite a rise in fast broadband connections, an urban-rural digital divide continues in Europe
  • The growth in mobile broadband cannot compensate for the vast decline in voice revenues
  • The EU should close the gaps within the union to remain digitally competitive on a global scale

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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