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Wales is playing catch-up on the rest of the UK when it comes to super-fast broadband coverage, a new report has claimed.

Ofcom’s Communications Market Report for Wales 2013 reveals that just 48 per cent of households in the country had access to super-fast download speeds in June 2013 - the lowest proportion of any of the home nations.

Take-up of fixed-line and broadband services were also found to be lower than average in Wales.

Just 66 per cent of households had a broadband connection at the end of Q2 2013, nine percentage points lower than the UK average (75 per cent).

And Ofcom discovered fixed line take-up in Wales (76 per cent) to be eight percentage points lower than the overall mean (84 per cent).

However, Rhodri Williams, Ofcom's Director for Wales, said he expected the situation to improve for Welsh households and businesses in the near future.

"This report is obviously backward-looking and there's no doubt at all that in availability of super-fast broadband, and certainly 3G mobile telephones, Wales has been playing catch-up - especially in the more rural, sparsely-populated parts of Wales which have been under-served.

"But, probably for the first time ever, we're now in a position to say steps are being taken to remedy that."

Mr Williams explained that Wales "remains at the forefront" when it comes to mobile-only homes, with many people using smartphones and tablets as their primary means of accessing the internet.

He said this is a trend "set to continue" with the imminent rollout of 4G services across the country.

"4G services will mean faster mobile broadband speeds, greater innovation, new investment and better coverage across Wales with at least 95 per cent of the population of Wales receiving an indoor 4G coverage by the end of 2017 at the latest," Mr Williams added.

"This will mean that 4G coverage will extend beyond that of existing 3G services."

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