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The number of homes in Edinburgh lacking a broadband connection is into six figures, according to a new report.

Data released by the Office of Communications and the General Office of Statistics Scotland shows that 100,000 addresses in the city do not enjoy the benefits of broadband.

Prompted by the revelation, Virgin Media has sought to promote its fibre-optic broadband services by supplying 1,000 lucky households with high-speed next-generation broadband free-of-charge, reports the Scotsman.

The chosen recipients will receive the complimentary service for a month-long period.

Ashley Stockwell, brand and marketing managing director at Virgin Media, told the newspaper: "Fibre optic broadband is fast and future-proof, so surfers in Edinburgh will get a chance to experience the net as it should be - superfast and reliable."

A recent survey undertaken by management and engineering consultancy Mott Macdonald found that 84 per cent of Scottish internet users want fast downloads.

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