7. Broadband coverage

Definitions of broadband coverage

In this publication, broadband coverage refers the proportion of households (permanent dwellings) who can get broadband access with certain characteristics.

This includes households with physical broadband access (“homes connected”). It also includes households without physical broadband access that can order a broadband connection and get it installed by a broadband provider under certain, reasonable conditions (“homes passed”). Hence, the definition of broadband coverage in this publication aims to provide a measure of the total availability of broadband.

The figures for Iceland and Lithuania refers only to the proportion of households with physical broadband access (“homes connected”).

The calculation of broadband coverage is based on data from broadband providers in each country.

Methods and definitions vary to some extent between the countries. Numbers that are close to each other should therefore not be interpreted as significant differences in coverage.