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Welsh broadband criticised by Cisco CEO

A lack of superfast broadband in Wales is stifling homes and businesses, according to the head of a high profile technology company.

Phil Smith, chief executive of Cisco in the UK and Ireland, has claimed that homes and businesses ‘can’t survive without broadband’ and likened not having adequate broadband to not having access to a road or running water.

"It's not some optional nice thing to have, this is the way business is done,” he told BBC Wales during Newport’s Digital 2016 tech conference.

“A country like Wales [with] a wide population and complex landscape needs people to be on video, to engage anywhere in the world at any time.

"I think it's really important that the government and industry push hard to get broadband to the highest level everywhere.”

It is unclear exactly how Mr Smith has formed this opinion. Superfast Cymru - a government-led scheme intended to roll-out high speed broadband across Wales - has been successful in providing speeds in excess of 24Mbps to more than 581,000 properties in Wales.

Additionally, an Ofcom report from August 2015 revealed that 79% of premises in Wales were capable of receiving superfast internet, a 24% uplift on 2014 and the highest take-up of broadband of any UK devolved nation.

It is on track to reach 96% of Welsh homes and businesses by the end of 2016.

A Welsh Government spokesperson added: "We are committed to making Wales a truly digital nation and continue to support businesses to take advantage of broadband technology which will help them to grow, to boost Wales' economic prosperity and create jobs."

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