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A major £30 million fibre-optic broadband project in North Wales has proven popular, according to reports.

Around 1,000 people are now receiving internet through the FibreSpeed initiative, which runs across the region to connect business parks and other areas to a high-speed network in Manchester, reports the Daily Post.

The project was funded by a range of both public and private sector bodies, including European Regional Development Funds and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, the country's Deputy First Minister, told the newspaper that the network was "laying the foundations" for more widespread fibre services.

He added that it is "a major advance" for Wales.

Last week, it was confirmed that a major new fibre-optic broadband service in South Yorkshire has gone live.

Digital Region, a body owned by organisations including Yorkshire Forward, is behind the service, which is available to 1.3 million people in the region and offers speeds of up to 25Mb.

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