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Access to superfast broadband services in the UK compares favourably to most other European nations, although some progress still needs to be made to achieve universal coverage.

This is according to a new report from Point Topic, which reveals that around three in four homes in Britain can currently access fixed broadband services at superfast speeds if they choose, or 20.4 million of the country's 27.2 million homes.

Earlier this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel mocked British prime minister David Cameron over the slow rollout of broadband services in the UK, but the Point Topic report suggests the jibe may have been unfair. Indeed, it suggests that superfast broadband is now on offer to a higher proportion of homes in the UK than in any other major country in Europe.

However, even though superfast broadband coverage is estimated to have increased by 4.9 per cent during 2013 in the UK, there is still plenty of progress to be made. Many people across the country still lack access to superfast connection speeds, which means they may be unable to take advantage of the full range of broadband applications available.

Around 91 per cent of British homes can access speeds of at least 4 Mbps, which is often seen as the minimum level required for a decent broadband service, but this means there is still a significant proportion of the population who are going without, particularly in rural areas.

Oliver Johnson, chief executive of Point Topic, said: "Consider the plan to take BBC3 off air, for example. We reckon about 1.2 million homes would not be able to get those programmes online if that happened today."

As such, many countryside home and businesses that still cannot access superfast fixed-line services may wish to look into the potential benefits of satellite broadband, which requires only the installation of a small satellite and modem to function, providing speeds of up to 20 Mbps.