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Broadband use is now gathering momentum in Scotland's biggest city

GLASGOW has lagged behind the rest of the UK in taking up broadband internet, but the latest Ofcom report shows a large increase in use.

Previously the industry watchdog had expressed concern that residents in Scotland's biggest city were missing out on the benefits of the internet, including education, local government and health services, because of poor broadband uptake.

Only 50 per cent of adults in Glasgow had fixed broadband in 2011 compared to the UK average of 76 per cent.

However, that figure has increased year on year since, and households with broadband, excluding the use of mobile devices for internet, now make up almost two thirds (63 per cent) of the city. If the figure includes the use of mobile phones used to access the internet, this rises to 66 per cent.

There is still an age divide and only 32 per cent of those aged 65 and over in Glasgow have broadband.

But this contrasts to 16 per cent in 2013.

However, 81 per cent of those aged between 15 and 24 have broadband.

In a breakdown by socio-economic group, the AB section has 91 per cent take up, with only 44 per cent in the DE grouping.

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