Around 15.5 million households across Europe gained access to LTE and LTE coverage as a whole rose to 79 per cent during 2014.
The findings, in a report released by the European Commission also revealed that three million new households gained access to broadband – including mobile and fixed – during the same time period.
LTE (Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G LTE) coverage in rural areas increased to 27 percent in 2014 from about 15 percent in 2013.
“In the past year, we have seen LTE coverage across the EU increase at a record pace and it was the fastest growing broadband access technology in terms of coverage,” said Alzbeta Fellenbaum, senior analyst at IHS Technology.
The study, Broadband Coverage in Europe 2014: Mapping Progress towards the Coverage Objectives of the Digital Agenda, was prepared for the European Commission by IHS Technology and Valdani, Vicari & Associati (VVA).
IHS said fixed broadband coverage was highest in Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and lowest in Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and Romania, where it reached between 85 percent and 89 percent of households.
Malta had complete coverage for Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies, followed by Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Denmark, all above 90 percent.
NGA is fastest growing category in the UK
NGA coverage was the fastest growing category in the UK, increasing coverage by 6.8 percentage points to 89% of all households; more than twenty percentage points above the EU average.
Out of the 31 study countries, 19 countries had fixed broadband coverage levels at or above the EU average of 97 percent in 2014, 27 countries had fixed broadband covering at least 90 percent of their households.
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