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The Welsh Assembly has published a new strategy report, geared at improving access to high-speed broadband in the principality.

Digital Wales will help improve access to business and home broadband, providing real benefit to the national economy, it has been claimed.

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, said the digital agenda is "a central element of economic renewal" and impacts upon "virtually every strand of public and private sector activity".

"We need to equip our citizens to be digital citizens – to know how to exploit the technology while being safe," he stated.

"We need our businesses to exploit new technology to access new markets and to innovate and grow. We need our public sector to meet the changing needs of our citizens and businesses, delivering more efficient and more transparent services at lower cost."

Earlier this week, it was announced that Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent will join forces to carry out a 50Mb long-term evolution (LTE) technology trial in the Preseli Mountains of western Wales.

The purpose of the project is to test the potential of LTE mobile broadband in lightly-populated rural areas, which are unlikely to receive fixed fibre-optic network connections.

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