Web users in Scotland should see the benefits of a speed improvement after the opening of the country's first dedicated internet exchange point (IXP).
The new IXP in Edinburgh, which is going live this week, will mean traffic can flow straight to Scotland, rather than having to be routed over a backhaul connection via London.
The Scottish government said this would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to pass traffic between one another far more easily and could reduce internet lag times by up to 75 percent. Cabinet secretary for Finance, John Swinney, said this would prove a huge boost for businesses.
“We are delighted to welcome the establishment of a dedicated IXP for Scotland which will speed up internet access for businesses and individuals,” he said.
“This industry-led IXP will allow internet service providers to securely pass traffic to each other in Scotland, enhancing the digital offering both within and outside of Scotland.”
The installation has been built out by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) and its chief executive, John Souter, said that it would prove a huge benefit for Scotland as whole.
"IXScotland is a real step forward for the Internet community in Scotland and the UK as a whole. The exchange will allow networks to stop 'tromboning' traffic to London and back again, and will help increase resilience by creating a new centre for interconnection in the UK,” he said.
Earlier this year V3 heard from the the Scottish government about how it is hoping to draw investment to the nation by positioning itself as an ideal location for data centre sites. It said this is due to its cool climate all year round, good access to power, and the lack of flooding risks.
The boost for Scotland is more good news as it comes a few days after Vodafone announced it would be bringing its 4G services to the nation. Glasgow has gone live already and Edinburgh will be live on 21 November in a move welcomed by the deputy first minster for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.
“The launch of Vodafone’s 4G service will allow businesses in Glasgow and Edinburgh to work faster and more effectively. It also gives the people of Glasgow and Edinburgh the opportunity to access and share more data,” she said.
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