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Scotland appears to be gradually closing the broadband gap on the rest of the UK, based upon latest coverage figures.

The latest Ofcom Communications Market Report statistics reveal that 68 per cent of Scottish homes now have a broadband connection, compared to 61 per cent a year ago.

While the Scottish coverage rate has risen by seven percentage points in the last 12 months, overall UK broadband coverage is up just two percentage points from 74 per cent to 76 per cent.

Some 60 per cent of homes in the Greater Glasgow area now have broadband services, compared to just 50 per cent last year.

Vicki Nash, Ofcom Director for Scotland, said it was "good news" that the nation is starting to close the gap, both for consumers and society as a whole.

"If public services are available online, then it's important that people can access them there," she noted.

"Scotland is starting to engage more. While many already did, maybe there's been a reluctance among other people in Scotland who hang back, seeing how it goes, maybe thinking prices would come down." 

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