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Consumers in Wales have been boosted by the announcement of a new £10 million fibre broadband pilot in the principality.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed during a visit to Wrexham that the technology will be trialled in the Pwllheli area of North Wales.

Wales originally missed out on a pilot scheme for rural fibre broadband last year, with the Welsh Assembly's bid being criticised in a leaked document for "lacking effort".

However, Mr Osborne said the new £10 million investment pot would be "just the first wave of funding for Wales" from the half a billion pounds set aside to extend super-fast broadband across the UK.

"This funding will support the Welsh economy and help drive the private sector-led recovery by driving innovation and commercial opportunities in communities across Wales," the Chancellor said.

A Welsh Assembly spokesman said that both Pwllheli and the surrounding areas will benefit from the rollout of next-generation broadband, which comes as part of its national delivery plan for the country.

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