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Broadband is becoming increasingly popular in Wales, new research has discovered.

According to a study conducted by Ofcom, the number of people in Wales who now have a broadband connection has risen by almost 30 per cent in the last year.

The communication watchdog's fourth Communications Market Report revealed that the total number of households with high-speed internet is now 58 per cent, up from 45 per cent 12 months ago.

In addition, it also indicated that in the same period, 20 per cent of Welsh consumers have become more likely to shop around for a better broadband deal.

The report also found that one in ten Welsh households has a mobile broadband connection, with the uptake of this sort of service highest in Swansea (16 per cent).

Rhodri Williams, Ofcom's Director in Wales, said that it was a positive thing to see more Welsh consumers subscribing to broadband services.

He commented: "Broadband is by now considered an essential part of everyday life by many people and consumers and small businesses in all parts of Wales expect to be able to use it effectively."

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