Nonetheless, broadband speeds in Europe have risen sharply in only a year, suggest official EC figures.
According to EC research, in July this year 29% of broadband lines in Europe ran at speeds of at least 10 Mbps. By contrast in July 2009 only 15% of broadband lines were capable of achieving that speed.
Despite the higher rates, the Commission warned that much work is needed to meet Europe-wide targets on access and speed.
"Fast broadband is digital oxygen, essential for Europe's prosperity and well-being," said Neelie Kroes, commissioner for the digital agenda.
Leading the European bloc in terms of high-speed broadband links a are Denmark and the Netherlands - each boasting coverage to some 80% of households.