France is far from being the champion of very high speed in Europe

by bold-lichterman

Three months after the publication of the DESI (Digital Economy & Society Index) ranking, the European Commission has just unveil the EDPR (Europe’s Digital Progress Report). This new European report follows on from DESI, the index relating to the digital economy and society which rates the Member States of the European Union according to their digital progress.

In line with this ranking, where it points to a disappointing 16th place, France is only very rarely put forward in the EDPR. Already last February, the DESI rapporteurs estimated that “France has lost its position in terms of connectivity, human capital and digital public services“. Result, the Hexagon ends up with a DESI index lower (0.51) than the overall score of the 28 countries of the European Union (0.52), very far from the top quartet made up of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands.

France is slow to surf at very high speed

France fishes in particular at the very high speed level. Where Malta, Belgium, the Netherlands and Lithuania shine with a minimum of 95% very high speed coverage (optical fiber) on their territory, France (45%), along with Italy and Greece, fails to cross the 50% threshold. However, the French state has undertaken to cover 100% of France up to 100 Mbps by 2022. This Tuesday, Axelle Lemaire, the Secretary of State in charge of Digital, has also promised progress on very high speed before the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.

Small break in the French digital cloud, with 81% of Internet users within its population and 57% of its citizens having at least basic skills, France is doing better than the rest of Europe on average (respectively 76% and 55%) in this sector. However, the European Commission notes “that France is behind in both video calls and social networks“.

Denmark, European digital champion

To highlight the differences between countries in terms of digital development, the European Commission’s analysis is broken down into 5 axes: connectivity, the digital skills, theinternet use, theintegration of digital technology by companies and the digital public services. Unsurprisingly, the Nordic countries appear “among the most advanced in the world», Unlike Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy which are at the back of the pack. Denmark comes first, driven by its 88% of Internet users who use e-banking and 82% online commerce.

The publication of this data is part of Brussels’ desire to adapt the European Union’s single market to the digital age. According to the European Commission, this market could generate no less than 415 billion euros per year. For the time being, the European body considers that the efforts made by the Member States of the European Union are not sufficient, in particular because of the weak presence of small businesses in electronic commerce and a lack of use of online public services.