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The Scottish government has reaffirmed its commitment to investing in superfast broadband technology.

According to Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing, the government is focusing £600 million of investment towards rural areas, while building the "right environment" to encourage commercial providers to invest in urban locations.

"Our unparalleled investment in superfast broadband is creating the digital infrastructure and the opportunities for ambitious businesses to modernise, innovate and grow," he commented.

This, he stated, will ensure the Scottish government meets its commitment to deliver 100 per cent superfast broadband access across Scotland by the end of 2021.

Mr Ewing was speaking after Hyperoptic stated that more than 11,000 homes and business in Glasgow either have access or are imminently due to be connected to its full-fibre network.

The provider said this will give them access to gigabit broadband speeds that are more than 27 times faster than the average speed a UK consumer currently receives.

Hyperoptic noted that great progress is also being made in Edinburgh, as it has installed or is currently installing full-fibre technology across more than 40 property developments in the city.

"Access to gigabit broadband speeds will help Scottish cities continue to attract and retain innovative technology companies," Mr Ewing stated.

"I welcome Hyperoptic’s commercial investment in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which reaffirms our approach to Reaching 100% (R100) is working."

Sharon Maybury, National Manager at Hyperoptic, added that while other broadband companies have announced that they plan to build gigabit-capable networks in Scotland, its services have already gone live.

Furthermore, she noted that the company has "ambitious" plans to increase its coverage quickly.

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