A new study has found half of Scottish businesses are underwhelmed by the quality of broadband services north of the border.
In a YouGov poll of 100 IT decision makers, commissioned by infrastructure specialist CityFibre, 52 per cent of respondents claimed that broadband connectivity is better in other parts of the UK.
And with the vast majority (92 per cent) describing broadband as being important to the success of their company, this is clearly a worry for business leaders.
James McClafferty, City Development Manager at CityFibre, said fast, reliable broadband connectivity is "vital in modern business".
"The fact that 61 per cent of the IT decision makers we polled in Scotland agree and yet over half of them rate their current service as substandard should be a real concern," he stated.
Mr McClafferty claimed that Scotland is "a vital part of the UK economy".
He described regions such as Aberdeen and Edinburgh as being "powerhouses of important industries like oil, gas and financial services".
"Such areas are in desperate need of cutting-edge technology in order to carry out their day-to-day business," Mr McClafferty added.
"More importantly they need the network infrastructure to support it.”