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Businesses in Wales are suffering from a lack of high-speed broadband and many are considering leaving the country because of a lack of coverage.

According to new research conducted by Wales on Sunday, less than a third of the population is happy with the broadband service they receive and many are disappointed that internet service providers (ISPs) are still advertising download speeds that are unattainable on the majority of leased lines.

Of the hundreds surveyed, not one person was able to access the headline rate advertised by their ISP.

Many respondents to the paper's survey also said that Wales would soon start losing skilled IT staff as a result of the low broadband speeds seen in many parts of the country.

Speaking to the news provider, Lee Ann Smith, marketing manager for W3 Web Design, commented: "[Faster broadband] would basically bring Wales into line with the rest of the world for competing in business, especially for a small little business like us."

Last month, the Welsh Affairs Select Committee said that Wales was being left behind in terms of broadband speeds - particularly in rural areas.

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