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Investment in Scotland's broadband infrastructure could create almost 15,000 new jobs, it has been claimed.

A new report, published to show the progress made in delivering the Scottish Government's digital strategy, claims new roles will be created during and post-deployment.

It says the installation of super-fast networks will see 800 jobs created over five years, with 70 more employees required to manage the infrastructure over a 15-year period.

The Scottish Government expects the rollout of super-fast broadband will also create an additional 14,000 jobs indirectly over the same timeframe.

These could be in areas such as e-commerce, social media, tourism, cyber-security and research and development, the report stated.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, said there is "huge potential" in this area to boost employment.

She said the "massive opportunities" are clear to benefit the wider Scottish economy between now and 2027.

"Our commitment will mean new, high-quality jobs in cutting-edge areas like ecommerce and digital engineering," Ms Sturgeon stated.

"But investment in our digital economy will not only boost jobs, it will transform our businesses, raising productivity and opening up new markets to attract inward investment."

She said the project will also change the way Scottish citizens live - from the way they book holidays to the way they access healthcare.

"We are committed to ensuring that all of Scotland is able to reap the social and cultural benefits of the internet," the Deputy First Minister added.

More than £240 million of public money has been secured for the rollout of high-speed and super-fast broadband in Scotland, with over £100 million coming from Westminster.

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