The UK has been praised for its digital advances and broadband network in the latest European Union 2014 digital scorecard.
These include assessments of how regularly government services are accessed, the proliferation of high speed internet connections, and how close a country is to having 100 percent broadband penetration.
This year's scorecard shows that the UK currently offers 100 percent fixed internet coverage to urban homes, and 99 percent in rural locations. High speed access, connections of 30Mbps or more, are available to 82 percent of UK homes compared with just 62 percent on a European level.
Overall, 87 percent of UK homes had a broadband connection at the end of 2013. The EU said that one percent of these have a 100Mbps connection.
In mobile, LTE/4G is available to around two thirds of the population. Take up is around 90 percent, and compares with the European average of around 60 percent.
While the UK and others have progressed in internet access, European digital ministers say that more must be done to improve skills and rural access.
European Commission VP Neelie Kroes said: "Most Europeans now live digital lives and they are hungry for more. We have solved the internet access problem. But the digital skills gap persists. Unless we all do more, we will face a digitally illiterate underclass in Europe."
In Europe some 72 percent of people use the internet at least once a week, according to the report, and just under half shop online.
Basic broadband is available to 'everyone' in Europe, it said, adding that this is the case when you include all methods of access, and fixed and unfixed line connections cover 97.2 percent of homes.
E-government services have 'stagnated', according to the survey, and are not being used by enough people.
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