Aberdeenshire and Shetland are the first local authority areas in Britain to have more than half of their homes and businesses switch to ADSL broadband, figures released by BT have revealed.
In the ADSL broadband take-up league table Aberdeenshire is in first place, with 50.9 percent and Shetland close behind with 50.7 percent. Third is Stirling with 48.4 percent and then Aberdeen with 47.9 percent.
The Scottish national average of 33.3 percent is ahead of the UK average of 31.2 percent.
BT Scotland director, Brendan Dick, said: "It says a great deal for Scotland and its people that it now boasts the five most switched-on local authority areas in the UK. Fast internet access is now making a huge contribution to the economic success of Scotland, as businesses find new markets and work more efficiently."
Broadband is the fastest-growing consumer product in recent years, resulting in Britain leading Europe in online shopping and e-commerce, according to BT. BT has exceeded its target of five million connections by the end of 2006, with 855,000 wholesale broadband connections in Scotland and more than 10.9 million across the UK.