The Scottish Government has this morning announced that its £3.3 million project to extend the reach of broadband services in Scotland is beginning to demonstrate its benefits. John Swinney, Finance Secretary of the Scottish Government, will be visiting Ardgualich Farm today to see how broadband has changed how the business operates by being able to take electronic bookings.
"Broadband has fast become an essential tool for companies the length and breadth of Scotland. By upgrading our broadband infrastructure, we are helping companies - including those in rural areas - gain a competitive advantage at a time when they need it most."John Swinney (Finance Secretary), Scottish Government
Around 4,000 households and businesses registered as needing help to get broadband because they were too far from an enabled telephone exchange. A contract worth £3.3m was awarded to Avanti Caledonian Broadband Ltd. to provide affordable broadband services.
"We are very pleased to be working with the Scottish Government on the Scotland Broadband Reach project. Today Avanti is providing broadband via satellite across Scotland; already delivering the commitment made in Lord Carter's Digital Britain report. This contract with the Scottish Government will mean that every business and home in Scotland can now achieve the goal of universal broadband, thus supporting children's education and the development of Scottish businesses three years ahead of the Digital Britain deadline."David Williams (CEO), Avanti Communications
In our regional broadband speed research, we found Scottish broadband speeds averaged 3.2 meg, which is propped up by the fast speeds in the major Scottish cities.