Scottish broadband 'fails to keep up with rest of the UK' header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A significant proportion of IT decision-makers working for Scottish businesses believe the current broadband provisions in the country are seriously lagging behind the rest of the UK, according to a new survey.

The poll from CityFibre revealed that 40 per cent of those working in Scotland's Central Belt - the area of highest population density in the country - have concerns about how poor internet access could be affecting their business, reports the Scotsman.

Furthermore, the survey also demonstrated that worries regarding connectivity are intensified by the fact that improved access to broadband services is seen as an important driver of business and growth - more than lower taxes and transport links.

James McClafferty, a city development manager at CityFibre, which commissioned the poll of 100 professionals, told the website: "Fast, reliable broadband is vital in modern business. Yet 52 per cent of the IT decision-makers we polled in Scotland rate their current service as substandard.”

The firm wants to see super-fast broadband come to Scotland soon, with improved connectivity expected to be rolled out to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017, according to government targets.

CityFibre has teamed up with Commsworld - an Edinburgh-based telecoms company - to enable Scottish homes and businesses to access speeds that are up to 100 times faster than the average for Britain.

Commsworld chief executive Ricky Nicol told the Scotsman that digital advances in Scotland in the last decade have been "phenomenal", with the amount of internet-based businesses appearing helping to boost the economy significantly.

"However, without the proper infrastructure, there will always be a limit to what can be achieved and at some point capacity will become a huge issue," he explained.

A study recently published by US-based consultants Analysis Group found that metropolitan regions across the pond enjoy a 1.1 per cent boost in their gross domestic product after gaining access to gigabit broadband.