More rural communities across Dumfries and Galloway are now able to connect to high-speed fibre thanks to the £428M Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out.
Thousands of households and businesses in towns and villages including Ardwell, Bankshill, Boreland, Clarebrand, Glencaple, Kirkpatrick Durham, Leadhills and Portpatrick are now able to receive fibre broadband for the first time, while more homes and businesses have access in several other places.
Local people need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.
Many of the latest local connections to be upgraded were previously ‘Exchange Only’ (EO) lines, a historic legacy of the copper network once thought to be out of the reach of high-speed fibre services.
Such lines run directly from the exchange to homes and business premises, bypassing the usual road-side cabinets which are a vital part of the fibre roll-out.
Engineers worked out an innovative way to integrate these lines into the fibre network, laying hundreds of metres of new cables to reroute lines through extra road-side cabinets.
Local people can check the Digital Scotland website to find out if they can get a fibre-based service.
The programme is delivered through the Scottish Government.