euSpanish broadband users with xDSL-connection only receive 66.7% of the contracted download speed during peak hours, according to a study published earlier by the European Commission.

This however exceeds the European Union average (60.3%) and is far ahead figures of other countries such as France (40.4%) and the UK (44.7%).

EU countries where the actual connection speed is closest to real are Slovakia (97.1%) and Hungary (90.3%).

According to the report from Brussels, cable connections provide data speeds closer to what is advertised, not only in Spain (96.4%) but also in the whole EU (91.9%).

In second place are fiber connections with download speed as high as 87.8% of the contracted (81.2% on average in the EU).

The EU executives believe this information demonstrates that broadband markets should be more transparent to work better.

Most of the broadband customers do not know what they sign for and don’t realize that they are not getting the service they are paying for.

“This is the first time the difference between advertised and actual broadband speeds is confirmed by comparable and reliable data from all EU Member States.” said EU Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in a statement and announced Commission’s intention to do more similar studies and use such data in future proposals to create a single market in telecommunications.

In absolute terms, download speeds during peak times in Spain are below the EU average in all technologies.

On xDSL based services download speed is 6.92 Mbits/s (7.23 Mbits/s on average in the EU), on cable 30.4 Mbits/s (35.1 Mbits/s on average) and on fibre 36.06 Mbits/s (36.96 Mbits/s on average).

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