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BT delivers faster broadband to 69,500 more Scottish properties
An additional 14 Scottish communities have gained access to BT's fast copper broadband service.Faster broadband is now available to tens of thousands more properties in Scotland after BT completed the latest rollout of its next-generation copper technology.
Some 14 additional communities - including Dyce and Bieldside in Aberdeen, Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie in Dumfries & Galloway, and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire - have been connected to the service, which offers maximum download speeds of up to 20Mbps.
This deployment to 69,500 more premises means faster BT copper broadband is now available in more than 150 Scottish exchange areas, while a further 59 have been selected for upgrades over the coming months.
By this summer, around 72 per cent of homes and businesses in Scotland - the equivalent of more than 1.5 million properties - will be able to access the service.
Director of BT Scotland Brendan Dick said the rollout is an "important step" for the country, particularly given the current challenging economic climate.
"Faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive, find new customers and work more flexibly as well as greatly improving the online services available to families, home workers and other internet users," he explained.
The next-generation copper broadband rollout comes in addition to the telecoms giant's work to increase its fibre optic broadband coverage across the UK.
By the end of 2014, BT is planning to invest £2.5 billion in a bid to bring the technology to two-thirds of commercial and residential premises.
Last month, the company announced an additional 277,000 properties in 34 Scottish exchange areas will be connected to its super-fast broadband infrastructure by the end of 2012.
Four Aberdeen exchanges are among those set to benefit, along with six in Glasgow, seven in Edinburgh and two in Dundee.
"BT remains keen to work with the public sector to explore ways of bringing faster broadband to other areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging," Mr Dick added.