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An elderly Welsh gentleman has finally managed to connect to broadband, four years after requesting the service.

Vincent Baker was told that although his home was covered by broadband access, unforeseen problems prevented BT from supplying services, reports the BBC.

While Mr Baker was told there was "no timescale" to overcome the problem, he didn't expect to be without broadband for four years.

The 85-year-old said of the eventual breakthrough: "The engineer was here for about a fortnight. He tested the line up to about 600m and everything was fine.

"What he couldn't understand was how my neighbour was able to get broadband and I wasn't, when we were both in the same line.

"He was almost as pleased as I was when he got it working."

The problem of so-called broadband 'notspots' in Wales is set to be addressed if the proposal to provide universal access in the UK, put forward by Lord Carter in his Digital Britain report, is carried through.

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