The Welsh Government is taking the right approach with its super-fast broadband rollout, it has been claimed.
Karin Ahl, President of the European Fibre-to-the-Home Council, told the Daily Post that the £425 million network upgrade is the right way forward for the principality.
Ministers have prioritised 30,000 homes and businesses in Bangor, Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Menai Bridge and Porthmadog - towns in the north and west of Wales - for faster speeds.
They are set to benefit from an infrastructure upgrade by June 2013.
“I think the way Wales is doing it is the right way, by rolling out super-fast broadband to the areas that need it most,” Ms Ahl commented.
"There are a lot of rural areas with no connection and it’s about getting that higher quality of life for the people, it really does make a difference."
She said that when deploying fibre infrastructure, governments need to look at how they can stimulate economies - and this means really focusing on the consumer.
“They should take back case studies and advice and learn from them," Ms Ahl suggested.
She claimed that countries which invest in full fibre broadband connections will gain an advantage over their "less well-connected neighbours" in the months and years to come.
“Eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries have reinforced their position as fibre leaders, and the disparity between the early and late adopters is becoming even more apparent," Ms Ahl stated.
"Good communications infrastructure helps to retain existing businesses and attract new ones."
She warned that countries which delay the roll out of fibre-to-the-home are looking at "a serious lost opportunity" to prepare for their economic future.