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Scotland All Set To Receive A Huge Funding Boost For Improving Its Broadband Infrastructure

In a move which is likely to give a huge impetus to Scotland’s plan for improving internet connectivity for its residents, the UK government has decided to invest £200 million to boost the broadband infrastructure in Scotland.

A major part of the funding will be used to improve networks in rural areas where connectivity is relatively poor and the investment is a part of the effort to roll out high speed fibre optic networks across the region by 2017.

Expressing optimism at the development of broadband in Scotland Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain mentioned “Already the market in Scotland is delivering innovative ways of connecting people to these superfast networks. The Fibrecity initiative is already delivering 100Mbps broadband to residents in Dundee via fibre optic networks beneath the city.”

It is important to note that the government envisages to make the UK one of the most technologically advance knowledge economies in the world and the ongoing efforts in improving broadband infrastructure are aimed at achieving the proposed goal.

Faster broadband is expected to make businesses more competitive by improving communication, collaboration and data interchange while it is also expected to improve the delivery of government services and dissemination of information for public good.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.