There is a digital divide between east and west in Northern Ireland which can only be rectified by investment in broadband, in particular wireless, according to a report.
The province's Western Economic Strategy Team (WEST) recently published a report from Analysis Mason which highlighted the low broadband penetration in the west of the country.
Assessing the problem, Analysis Mason called for the extension of a fibre-optic network into the region, as well as the provision of "wireless sites" to act as a back up.
"Currently there is a lack of choice for western residents in terms of the number of fixed, mobile and broadband operators," said head of Analysys Masons Dublin office, Patrick Kidney.
He continued: "Residents also have lower access to mobile and broadband technologies and are generally less satisfied with their telecommunications service."
Councillor Sean Clarke called for a high-speed broadband infrastructure with which to "attract inward investment".