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TalkTalk Business signals support for Scottish broadband

Monday, August 8th 2011 by Paul France
TalkTalk Business 'committed to Scottish broadband rollout'

The company has pledged to continue accelerating the rollout of fibre broadband in Scotland.

TalkTalk Business has expressed its commitment to accelerating the rollout of fibre optic broadband in Scotland.

Paul Lawton, the internet service provider's managing director, pledged to speed up the deployment of the technology across Scotland and the rest of the UK in order to "spearhead 'Broadband Britain' for businesses of any size across any sector".

Over the next two years, the company is planning to deliver an additional 700 super-fast exchanges throughout the UK, reports the Drum.

According to Mr Lawton, the rapid increase in fibre-based telephone hubs across Scotland is a "major shot in the arm" for thousands of firms operating north of the border that consider business-grade broadband to be the "lifeblood of their business".

He added: "A fast and efficient broadband service remains pivotal to helping companies stay competitive."

The TalkTalk executive's comments come shortly after a report from Ofcom revealed broadband take-up in Scotland is at 61 per cent, 13 percentage points lower than the UK average.

A particularly low volume of properties in Greater Glasgow are connected to the internet, with uptake in the area measured at 50 per cent.

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