2.3.1. Connectivity

All broadband sub-dimensions are made up of two indicators that measure both the coverage and the adoption of each of these technologies. The price index includes a single indicator and measures the percentage of gross salary needed to contract a broadband connection.

Table 1 presents the scores and positions of each of the sub-dimensions of the connectivity dimension.

Table 1. Comparison of the connectivity sub-dimensions.
Table 1 Comparison of the connectivity sub-dimensions
Source: Authors’ calculations

The Basque Country’s results are good in all sub-dimensions, except for the one related to price. In all the others its position is outstanding, particularly in ultrafast broadband, a new sub-dimension in the DESI 2018.

Table 2 shows the results of the indicators of the five connectivity sub-dimensions.

Table 2. Comparison of connectivity indicators.
Table 2 Comparison of connectivity indicators
Source: Prepared by the authors/Own source

In virtually all the indicators related to the connectivity dimension, the Basque Country is above the EU-28 average. The coverage data show remarkably high absolute values/scores, and the position of the Basque Country in comparison to the rest of the Member States is considerably good in the set of indicators, including penetration. In fact, particularly worth mentioning is its third position in fast broadband penetration (speed higher than or equal to 30 Mbps), as well as the good results it has obtained in ultrafast broadband (speed higher than or equal to 100 Mbps).

The broadband price indicator, however, is an exception. A higher indicator means higher broadband access affordability and, in this case, the result shows that the Basque Country’s position is below the EU-28 average. However, in comparison with Spain, and considering their equivalent price structure, the result is better due to a higher available income, which means that the connexion access in the Basque Country is more affordable in economic terms.

  1. The calculation of indicator 1.c.2 has changed compared to last year’s: it is now measured on the total of households with at least one member aged between 16 and 74 and not on the total of broadband subscriptions. This also applies to indicator 1.d.2.

    For further information see 5. Methodological note

  2. This indicator has been estimated based on the data of Spain.