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The level of superfast broadband access in the UK has been criticised by German chancellor Angela Merkel.

During a trip to Hannover, prime minister David Cameron was the subject of a jibe from his counterpart, who wanted to know when the government will finally ensure every British household has access to a high-speed internet connection.

Mr Cameron replied that "hundreds of millions of pounds" have been pledged to ensure this takes place, but Ms Merkel was unimpressed, stating Germany's rollout will be complete by 2018.

Just last week, communications minister Ed Vaizey said the coalition is "on track" to ensure 95 per cent of UK households have access to superfast broadband by 2017. However, this will leave many households, particularly those in rural areas, unable to take advantage.

Latest figures from Ofcom have revealed that just under three-quarters (73 per cent) of the country currently has a high-speed internet connection.

For those who do not, satellite broadband may be the answer. This can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps and simply requires the installation of a small satellite and modem, making it ideal for households in remote areas.