Up to 145,000 homes and businesses in Scotland are set to benefit from the latest phase of superfast broadband rollout, as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
The project, which is approaching a year in duration, has already been responsible for laying over 3,400 kilometres of fibre cable and reached over a quarter of a million homes and businesses.
The next phase will reach over 200 new geographical areas, with connections expected to go live by autumn of this year.
The new broadband connections are set to reach rural areas, including the Shetland Islands, as well as cities such as Edinburgh. Some areas will be connected via ‘exchange only’ lines, which bypasses road-side cabinets.
The superfast broadband will provide download speeds of up to 80 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
Sara Budge, Programme Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “The project is developing a high speed fibre network which is changing the face of broadband.
“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.”
Stuart Robertson, HIE Director of Digital Highlands and Islands, said: “With the first fibre broadband services now available to order in Orkney and Shetland it’s great that the roll-out is continuing for more of the islands’ communities.”
Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “The rollout of fibre broadband across Scotland is one of the biggest and most complex civil engineering projects taking place in the UK today…
“Our plans aren’t set in stone… I’d also encourage people to register online for updates when there’s news for their postcode area, such as when fibre broadband becomes available.”
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