Super-fast broadband has arrived in Stranraer, BT announced today (Monday).
More than 700 homes and businesses in the town now have access to the high-speed technology – and this figure will increase to nearly 4,500 as Openreach engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead.
Today, the BT investment was welcomed by Alex Fergusson MSP and Russell Brown MP, who described it as great news for the town.
Russell Brown, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Super-fast fibre broadband in Stranraer offers huge benefits to local residents and businesses and will help our local economy to flourish. Better, faster communications help businesses to grow and stimulate job creation.”
Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband means local people and firms can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices. This is a good day for Stranraer – and I look forward to fibre broadband being rolled out across the rest of my constituency
“One of the real problems for existing and new businesses in this part of Scotland has been the lack of access to superfast broadband, and I have no doubt that this investment by BT will have a hugely beneficial impact on the local economy.”
Fibre broadband is already available to around 12,900 homes and businesses in Dumfries. By the end of BT’s commercial deployment, more than 20,000 homes and businesses in Dumfries and Stranraer will be able to benefit.
In Scotland, BT is investing around £126 million in fibre broadband partnerships with the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Broadband Delivery UK), European Regional Development Fund and local authorities.
Alongside commercial upgrades, these Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband projects will see 85 per cent of Scottish premises passed by fibre broadband by the end of 2015 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017.