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The availability of super-fast broadband will vastly improve the lives of people living in Scotland, it has been claimed.

According to Digital Britain Minister Stephen Timms, the roll-out of next-generation technology will bring "an array of social, economic and health benefits" to consumers and businesses across the country.

He said the government was committed to providing towns, cities and remote areas with access to next-generation networks by 2017, enabling people to capitalise on the technology.

Mr Timms said the government would spend £200 million on improving the broadband networks of areas that have little or no service.

He added: "Already the market in Scotland is delivering innovative ways of connecting people to these superfast networks.

"The Fibrecity initiative is already delivering 100Mb broadband to residents in Dundee via fibre-optic networks beneath the city."

Last week, BT announced plans to trial 40Mb broadband in the Halfway area of Glasgow.

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