Up to a third of Welsh households are still cut off from broadband technology, a new study has indicated.
The Welsh Assembly has reported that many citizens are unable to access broadband due to their location, while others choose to shy away from the internet.
Less than a quarter of the population currently use online public services, and one in six employers consider their workforce to lack IT skills.
In addition, fewer than 40 per cent of small businesses in the principality currently sell products or services over the internet.
Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, Lesley Griffiths, who chairs the Ministerial Steering Group on Delivering a Digital Wales, claimed that achieving digital inclusion "is fundamental for a prosperous and sustainable society".
"We are committed to helping break down the barriers for those who are digitally excluded in Wales," she stated.
"The growth of our economy and the well-being of our citizens are now inexorably linked to advances in technology."