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Businesses based in the north of Scotland are suffering commercially as a result of poor broadband connections.

That is the opinion of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which has warned that sporadic internet coverage is hampering firms in the Highlands.

According to the organisation, businesses are losing millions of pounds every year because slow and unreliable internet connections mean that they cannot operate efficiently.

Chief Executive Stewart Nicol commented: "What's clear is that there is a huge gap between what broadband providers promise and what is actually being delivered on the ground."

Mr Nicol is due to meet with industry regulator Ofcom in order to voice the chamber's concerns.

Speaking to the BBC, he added: "Speed is key and this is what businesses in this region require to compete effectively in the global economy."

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