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Digital divide between Wales and rest of UK narrows

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The digital divide between Wales and the rest of the UK is narrowing fast, the BBC reported this morning on the findings of an Ofcom investigation into the use of communications in the UK.

New research shows the gap between broadband take up in Wales and the UK has decreased from 10 percentage points to seven in just 12 months.

The report also shows Wales has the highest proportion of households using mobile broadband in the UK.

Ofcom’s report details this year’s trends across television, radio, online and telecommunications.

It announces that despite people in rural Wales being less likely to have access to super-fast broadband or a 3G phone signal, the take up of broadband in rural areas is still higher than in urban areas.

People in rural areas are also more likely to have a mobile phone than those in urban areas, even though there are more places with no network coverage.

Professor Tony Davies, Chairman of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Wales (ACW) said the findings were “heartening”.

He said: “The ACW welcomes Ofcom’s findings that the communications gap is reducing between Wales and the UK as a whole.

“However, significant challenges still remain, particularly on 3G mobile coverage, broadband speeds and the reach of local DAB and we will continue to press for significant progress on these issues.”

Source: BBC Wales

For more information on the Wales Co-operative Centre’s digital inclusion project, Click.Connect.Discover, visit www.clickconnectdiscover.org

Written by C Kenzie

August 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

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