Connectivity

We know how important connectivity is in the modern world, whether it’s getting across town, or getting online. Thankfully, no matter what your connectivity needs are, we’ve got you covered.

From first-class, award-winning public transport, to the very latest in digital connectivity, Scotland has what it takes to get you where you need to be, in the real world or the virtual one!

Public Transport

Scotland has a very well-developed public transport system that covers the length and breadth of the country. It’s estimated that a massive 95% of the total population of Scotland live within a five minute walk of a bus stop or train station. This means that it’s incredibly easy for anyone to get where they need to go in a quick, easy and affordable way.

We also have an excellent rail network that serves cross-country links throughout Scotland as well as regular connections to the rest of the UK. To top it off we even have a fleet of ferries and boats that can get you to even the most remote of Scottish islands! With such a great collection of transport needs, there really is no excuse not to get out there and explore.

Many of our buses and trains are also equipped with free Wi-Fi, making your journey more enjoyable. So whether you need to catch up on emails, plan the next stage of your journey or just update your social media, you can do so while travelling in comfort.

You can find out more about our public transport, as well as all other ways to get around the country by checking our Getting around Scotland page.

Digital Connectivity

All of Scotland’s major cities and towns are currently covered by high-speed internet connections. From 4G connectivity to the latest fibre optic broadband technology, Scotland is well and truly at the forefront of the digital world. Getting online has never been more essential to people than it is today and the digital world has become an integral part of all our lives. However, we’re not stopping there; technology is always advancing, internet speeds are getting faster and we’re making sure we continue to keep up with the pace.

Because of this, the Scottish Government is committed to making Scotland a world-class digital nation by the year 2020. This means ensuring more and more of the country benefits from great internet speeds. Our goal is to make sure that whether you’re rambling a remote munro or sipping a latte in a bustling city centre, you have instant access.

As part of our commitment, we aim to deliver high-speed fibre optic broadband to 95% of the country by 2018. This means that we are undertaking the highest value telecommunications infrastructure investment in all of Europe. This undoubtedly highlights Scotland’s dedication to giving everyone high quality internet services, no matter where they are.

The project presents a number of unique communications challenges, especially due to the rugged terrain and dispersed population in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. This means that, in addition to our existing fibre network, a massive 1200km of new fibre infrastructure, including 400km of subsea cabling, will be installed across Scotland!

We also know how important Wi-Fi is to our visitors and residents, and we take these needs very seriously. That is why Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is the UK’s largest Gigabit City. Edinburgh’s ultra-fast fibre optic infrastructure criss-crosses the whole city and, for visitors and residents alike, this has meant the introduction of free public Wi-Fi across the city centre in more than 70 public buildings.

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