IT IS quicker to get on the internet on Everest than in a north Wales village.
Abererch in Gwynedd has been named as having Britain’s worst broadband.
It has a recorded download speed of 2Mbps, five times under officially acceptable levels and lower than base camp on the Himalayan peak. Villagers complain that the slowness is damaging their livelihoods.
Mike Kirwin, who takes the internet to music festivals, said: ‘It’s putting a huge stress on my business and regularly puts me at a disadvantage. One of my neighbours gets up at 4am to do his paperwork because it’s the only time he can get usable internet.’
Glamping business owner Pryderi ap Rhisiart said he has worked from the pub because the connection is better.
The figures, revealed by the Commons, show seven of the top ten council wards with the worst speeds in the UK are in Wales.
Welsh MP Liz Saville Roberts called for an upgrade of digital infrastructure, adding: ‘The situation puts firms at a disadvantage and may make potential employers think twice about investing in such areas.’