Denmark was ahead of the European Union average for most measures of standard and NGA broadband coverage, but fell behind when it came to serving its rural households with high-speed services. Using the new study definition for rurality means that there were significantly fewer rural households reported in Denmark in 2012, and these hardest-to-reach areas were judged to be unserved by NGA services.
The HSPA network in Denmark covered nearly the whole country, and DSL covered more than 98% of households. This drove the high-ranking for both standard and standard fixed broadband coverage.
At the end of 2012 Denmark no longer had the highest LTE coverage in the European Union, as reported at the end of 2011. Sweden, Portugal, Estonia and Finland have all rolled out more extensive LTE networks, with Denmark now ranked fifth with 65% coverage.
Denmark had particularly high FTTP coverage, with 43% of households served compared to the EU average of 12%. Coverage grew by nearly 6p.p. in 2012. All five of the Nordic countries have invested significant amounts in FTTP, along with many countries in Eastern Europe. However, the FTTP network only provided very limited coverage in rural areas by the end of 2012.
Whilst Denmark is one of the top ranking countries for cable coverage, these networks still did not seem to extend into the rural areas in 2012. LTE was also found to provide only limited coverage for these households. The major WiMAX provider in Denmark, which covered 8% of households at the end of 2011, went bankrupt during the year.
Denmark had uniformly high standard fixed broadband coverage, with all areas enjoying coverage above 97%. NGA coverage was also fairly evenly distributed. All regions had over 60% coverage, with the only exception of the eastern island of Bornholm with 37% coverage. This is the picture of a country which offers a wide range of services with good coverage, rather than having a leading position in any particular service.
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