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More Welsh homes and businesses are to gain access to super-fast broadband services, it has been reported.

BT will hook up another 175,000 households and business premises to its next-generation broadband infrastructure, the firm has confirmed.

Wrexham, Newport, Pontypridd, Prestatyn and parts of Cardiff and Swansea are scheduled to receive a network upgrade in the next 12 months.

"Super-fast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout the area," said Ann Beynon, BT Director for Wales.

"It will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services."

Ms Beynon claimed small and medium-sized firms will gain access to big business speeds at much lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost competitiveness and create new jobs.

BT is in the process of investing £2.5 billion upgrading its UK telecommunications network to support super-fast fibre broadband.

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