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Europe turns to satellite in U-turn, to hit digital divide goals

Healing the digital divide is proving elusive in Europe as in other regions partly because it is a moving target with the bar continually being raised. In the European Union (EU) that bar is currently set at 30Mbps for 2020, defined as the threshold of “fast broadband”, currently deemed the minimum for participation in the “global digital economy”. The EU’s target is for 100% fast broadband coverage by 2020 but only one of the 27 member states – or 26 if and when the UK departs – is on course to meet that mark. That is Malta, as average EU fast broadband coverage stands currently at 80%, with France and Poland anchored at the bottom well behind all the others…

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