The take up of broadband services is higher in Europe than in any other place in the world, and the same applies to mobile broadband usage too.
Being the world leader though has not done much for the quality of service received by the customer.
A recent Ofcom report highlighted the difference between the speeds advertised by IPSs and what the customer actually gets.
It is the rolling out of high speed broadband that will make the all the difference to the economy.
According to the EU commissioner, Viviane Reding, high broadband could help create two million jobs by 2015.
The EU leads the US by three percentage points for broadband coverage.
In Europe twenty three per cent of homes and businesses are connected to fixed line broadband, whereas in the US the figure is twenty per cent.