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While parts of Wales fight for improved broadband access, there are many Welsh people who do not require the service, according to Ofcom figures.

Simon Gibson, an Ofcom advisory committee member for Wales, has been speaking to the Western Mail.

He has drawn attention to figures from the industry regulator which show that only 45 per cent of households in the principality have broadband, compared to the 57 per cent UK average.

Gibson said: "For Wales the big issue is why people have stopped taking it up, as it has slowed right up.

"People have been up-sold services, but many have not taken up any services, either because they cannot afford it or see it as an irrelevance."

One contributor to ISPreview insisted that the slow take-up should not draw attention away from the fact that some rural areas are struggling without broadband.

"The number of households that cannot get broadband, while small in numbers is still a great concern," said the internet user.

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