Extra 80,000 Scottish premises set for superfast broadband

Wednesday, October 15th 2014
An additional 80,000 Scottish premises are set to be connected to superfast fibre broadband.
Extra 80,000 Scottish premises set for superfast broadband
An extra 80,000 residential and commercial properties in Scotland are set to gain access to fibre optic broadband under the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout programme.

The high-speed technology will be coming to 15 new communities for the very first time, bringing significant benefits for those who work and live in these areas.

Locations set to be connected to the fibre network in this phase of the rollout initiative include Wick, Thurso, Maybole, Tarbolton and Caithness, with BT Openreach Engineers laying delivery cables across the country.

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: "We are still in the early stages of this ambitious partnership project, but it is already delivering for thousands of Scottish homes and businesses."

She added that the project to lay subsea cables to the remote Scottish islands is almost complete.

Better broadband is reportedly set to be switched on in these latest 15 communities by spring next year.

Altogether, approximately 85 per cent of premises in the country should be connected to the superfast service by 2015-16, with this predicted to extend to 95 per cent by 2018.

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