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The ongoing roll-out of superfast broadband in Wales has now reached 80% coverage, research from an independent study has suggested.

Figures from thinkbroadband found that although one in five people still do not have access to broadband speeds of 30 Mbps or faster, the latest figure was still ahead of the 69% recorded at the start of 2015.

It is the latest sign of progress in the rollout, which began shortly after the Superfast Cymru contract was signed back in 2012.

At the time, experts outlined an ambitious target of 96% fibre-based broadband coverage by the end of 2015.

While current coverage has edged towards that target, it is by no means consistent across the whole country.

Cardiff, which is surrounded by a large urban area, comprises nearly half of all the premises in Wales, explaining why commercial coverage is concentrated in that part of the country and therefore performs so well in current coverage.

The superfast broadband roll-out may not have completely solved slow broadband across the country, as thinkbroadband estimates that 0.8% of premises in Wales still have a connection below 2 Mbps.

In cases where users have these poor connections, the level of choice among providers often does not help, with providers such as Sky and TalkTalk often not offering a service outside their core network footprint.

It added that even with a connection of between 5 and 7 Mbps, it will often out-perform the peak time performance of the older IPStream Max (ADSL) service due to it running across newer backhaul networks.

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