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Network upgrade work is to get underway in Ceredigion - the Welsh county with the slowest average broadband speeds - in the spring.

BT Openreach intends to begin the rollout of fibre broadband in the Aberystwyth area in April 2014, enabling local homes and businesses to access faster download and upload speeds.

At present, Ceredigion is one of the poorest areas in the entire UK for broadband access - just three counties in Northern Ireland and the Scilly Isles have poorer coverage.

An Ofcom report published in 2013 revealed that 21.7 per cent of premises had speeds of less than 2Mb.

Ceredigion Council Leader Ellen ap Gwynn told the BBC that the fibre rollout will be "important for individuals and businesses" in what is a largely rural county.

She added that local schools are also looking forward to access to super-fast downloads.

According to Ofcom, Wales has the lowest proportion of premises in the UK with access to super-fast broadband - at just 48 per cent.

This compares to a UK average of 73 per cent, highlighting the importance of network upgrades such as those set to be undertaken in Ceredigion.

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