New infrastructure has been put in place to speed up internet access in Scotland, ministers have announced.
A dedicated internet exchange point (IXP), which will make it easier for internet service providers in Scotland to pass traffic to each other, is to go live this week.
IXScotland is expected to reduce internet “lag” time by up to 75%.
Currently most of Scotland’s internet traffic goes through London, Manchester or Leeds, which can result in delays.
IXScotland, which is based at the Pulsant data centre in Edinburgh, was set up by the London Internet Exchange (Linx).
Announcing the new IXP, Finance Secretary John Swinney said the move would allow internet service providers to securely pass traffic to each other in Scotland.
He added: “Along with our investment in next-generation broadband and measures to increase digital participation, this investment represents a further step on Scotland’s journey to becoming a world leading digital nation by 2020.
“Central to this will be development of future-proofed infrastructure that supports high quality connectivity on any device, anywhere, at any time.”