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The rollout of super-fast broadband in Wales remains on-track, according to the country's Deputy Skills and Technology Minister.

Ken Skates acknowledged that there continues to be frustration over the broadband speeds available in some of the more remote parts of Wales.

But as reported by the Daily Post, he claimed progress is being made on the deployment of fibre broadband cables nationwide.

Mr Skates said the rollout is actually ahead of schedule, and is set to make super-fast broadband available to 96 per cent of the population by 2016.

He claimed that, of the 270,000 UK premises provided with access to fibre broadband so far, using public finances, more than 100,000 are in Wales.

And this is helping to ensure residents and businesses can take advantage of a range of online and digital services.

The Deputy Minister said it was a "massive logistical undertaking" to deliver super-fast broadband around the country.

But some areas, such as North Wales, are "truly ahead of the game", he added.

Mr Skates noted that 44,500 properties have been covered by super-fast networks in the region, with the largely-rural Anglesey now "one of the most connected parts of Western Europe".

"By this time next year we will have increased from 150,000 to 450,000 premises," he predicted.

Mr Skates said that, in total, around 17,500km of fibre-optic cable will be laid in Wales.

BT is to install an additional 3,000 street cabinets, ensuring households and businesses can take advantage of next-generation services.

"Wales will be in the super-fast lane while great swathes of England will be bobbing along in the slow lane," Mr Skates added.

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