Broadband Access - Monaco Hits A Hundred Per Cent
Northern Europe's top tax haven Monaco is known throughout the world as a country that has it all - glamour, money, security, the most famous casino
in the world and more millionaires per thousand of population than anywhere else.
There's also the fact that Monaco real estate is the highest priced in the world, frequent comfortable bus transport is just a Euro a journey, and has the
best Grand Prix in the world too, run each May around the streets of Monte Carlo.
But not content with style and tradition, Monaco has just been named as the country with the best broadband for her people in the world, showing that
the tax haven is not just moving with the times, but welcoming new technology and embracing the new opportunities it affords.
Over 40 per cent of Monaco households have and use broadband, while broadband is available to every property in the Principality - the second
smallest country in the world after the Vatican.
Part of the reason for the hundred per cent coverage of broadband in Monaco could well be because of her size - just a square mile. There are few
houses in Monaco, with nearly everyone living in an apartment building, which means in simple terms making broadband to all is inexpensive
compared to rural areas with remote farmhouses and communities with a sparse population, where installation of broadband would be expensive and
probably done at a loss if undertaken by a private company with no government subsidy.
But the ease of installation of broadband in somewhere like Monaco shouldn't necessarily be seen as why there's a hundred per cent availability for
her citizens - while steeped in tradition Monaco under the leadership of Prince Albert is one of the world's most forward thinking countries, and
welcoming new technology is part of that outlook.
An example of Monaco's forward thinking is that there is a first class bus service in the Principality that runs on time and regularly, cutting down the
number of people who need to drive to work or for