Scotland’s internet connectivity is not as good as the rest of the UK, survey reveals

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3rd June 2015 11:01 - Information Technology

A recent survey has revealed that more than 50 per cent of businesses in Scotland feel that the internet connectivity is worse than other areas in the UK and that it has the potential to have a negative impact on business growth and productivity.

The survey of IT decision-makers found that 52 per cent feel that the Scottish business community is let down by less than satisfactory internet connectivity, which was hailed by the respondents as worse than the rest of the UK.

CityFibre, who builds and operates fibre-optic telecoms, commissioned the survey and discovered that 92 per cent of the respondents see the Scotland’s internet connectivity is not as good as the rest of the UK, survey revealsquality and speed of their internet connection as being paramount to the success of their business. As well as this, 61 per cent said that improving the internet connectivity of Scotland would boost the country’s economic growth.

Other factors which the respondents said would help to boost the Scottish economy were: improving the national transport (59 per cent), reducing taxation (48 per cent), improving international transport links (37 per cent) and constructing more houses (23 per cent).

Speaking of the findings, James McClafferty of CityFibre said:

"Fast, reliable broadband connectivity is vital in modern business. The fact that 61 per cent of decision-makers we polled agree and yet over half of them rate their current service as substandard should be a real concern."

The findings of the CityFibre survey were released as part of the launch of a new high-speed fibre-optic network in Edinburgh.

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