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The Scottish government wants to make superfast broadband available to all premises in the country by 2021 as part of its new Digital Strategy.

It has pledged to use an 'outside in' approach - where public investment is prioritised for rural areas that are hard for engineers to reach - to bring connections of at least 30Mbps to all homes and businesses.

This builds on the current commitment to deliver high-speed fibre broadband to around 95 per cent of the country by the end of 2018. In addition to the new speed commitment, the Digital Strategy also plans to dramatically improve performance by linking fibre to masts, small cells and sensors in order to boost network speed and reliability.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay said there is a need to give people and businesses "the tools and skills they need" to take advantage of digital opportunities.

"Our vision is for Scotland to become even more digitally competitive and attractive," he added.

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