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The rollout of next-generation broadband in Scotland will be left to the marketplace, it has been suggested.

According to Hi-Tech Scotland, the government is currently of the opinion that it should be the responsibility of internet service providers to install fibre-optic infrastructure.

Speaking to the website, a spokesperson for the Scottish government's Enabling Technologies Unit said that its existing broadband policy only extends to the provision of "basic" (512Kb) connectivity.

"In terms of next-generation broadband, the Scottish government is currently in the early stages of redefining our policy towards this," the representative said.

"Our current view - that the market should principally be left to deliver it - nevertheless still stands and is consistent with the UK government's own assessment as referenced in the Digital Britain report."

Earlier this month, the Communications Management Association found that just 28 per cent of telecoms companies expect market demand to provide broadband suppliers with enough incentive to install next-generation broadband across the UK.

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