Up to 145,000 homes and businesses across Scotland will be next to benefit from the arrival of high-speed fibre broadband in the latest phase of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Since the £410 million roll-out began a year ago, over 3,400 km of fibre cable has been laid across Scotland with more than 275,000 homes and business now able to connect to fibre broadband. Now, another 200 roll-out locations have been announced, with the work completed by BT.
The first connections in the latest locations are expected to start to go live this Autumn. The project is reaching further into more rural areas, with places including Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway as well as Voe in the Shetland Islands, all set to have fibre available to them for the first time.
It will also start to deliver fibre to some communities in Edinburgh and West Lothian, North Ayrshire and the Falkirk area, which are benefiting from the Digital Scotland project for the first time. Fibre access speeds will go up to 80mbps, depending on the provider and service chosen by the customer.
Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “By reaching out to those who would not have been covered through the commercial market – in towns and into some of our most rural areas – we are ensuring that the connections which are made will bring many benefits to the Scottish people at home and in business.”
The Digital Scotland rollout consists of two projects. One is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for its region and the other covers the rest of Scotland.