Parts of central Edinburgh are in desperate need of an upgrade to super-fast broadband, according to one business owner.
Dennis Chester, who owns the Electric Circus nightclub in the Scottish capital, claimed that BT's existing infrastructure cannot cope with increasing user demand.
Speaking to the Scotsman, he described the service around the Princes Street area as being "worse than dial-up, and worse than most third world countries" during the busy summer months.
"If you want super-fast broadband, in fact any broadband at all next summer, you would be better off in the Outer Hebrides or John O’Groats than in the centre of Edinburgh," he added.
BT said the Rose Street exchange serving the area in question had been excluded from its £2.5 billion fibre upgrade programme for commercial reasons.
A spokeswoman for the broadband provider explained that the exchange only has a small number of residential customers, while local businesses tend to have their own private networks.
She said: "Demand for even basic broadband at this exchange is at the lower end of the spectrum.
"Ethernet means businesses can opt for a choice of guaranteed broadband speeds over a dedicated line and across multiple sites at a fraction of the cost of comparable services provided previously by a similar, traditional private network."