Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Broadband in Scotland - Any Improvements?

I was out and about visiting clients last week up Loch Ness and Loch Lomond and then back down the A9 and I reckon that I probably had a mobile phone signal for about 20% of the journey; rarely saw 3G and was really only in contact with the outside business world when using the hotels' very good free WiFi - thank you Loch Ness Inn and Cairngorm Hotel!)

It reminded us that we undertook an online survey last year of all things (dis)connected across Scotland. The results were neither positive nor surprising and we can't help but think that in spite of the words about improving connectivity we still haven't grasped the importance to the tourism sector.

Why would you bother creating a Mobile Version website if twenty minutes out of our airports the site cannot be accessed; what point apps if your iPhone can't connect. Telephone the office? Even in some of Scotland's top business hotels you can't get a mobile signal apart from an area of 24 square feet at the far end of the car park.

Anyway, no-one seems to bothered to do anything about connectivity. As long as we can build another wind turbine the world is good...

Anyway worth having a wee look at the results gathered last year.

Tourism Matters Survey

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