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More than 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Scotland can now connect to fibre broadband, the Scottish government has confirmed.

This has been achieved as a result of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband scheme, which saw the public sector contribute a total of £280 million.

The Scottish government believes that if this project had not been in place, just two-thirds of the country would be able to access fibre broadband.

Fergus Ewing, the Connectivity Secretary, commented: "Fast and reliable internet is fundamental for the future economic and social success of communities right across Scotland.

"This is a landmark for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, which has connected around 890,000 premises to fibre broadband, and is ensuring Scotland can offer world-class digital infrastructure."

However, Mr Ewing insisted that the Scottish government wants to go further, as it is now focused on delivering its £600 million Reaching 100% programme.

This, he said, will ensure every single home and commercial premises in Scotland will be able to access speeds of at least 30Mbps by the end of 2021.

Mr Ewing added that this is the biggest public investment ever made in a single UK broadband project.

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