Stranraer to have next generation broadband

TELEPHONE company BT have announced that around 5,800 homes and businesses in Stranraer will have access to faster broadband by next summer.

The town is among 47 Scottish communities – passing 186,000 premises – included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses.

Brendan Dick, director BT Scotland, said: “BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across Scotland is gathering pace. Earlier this month we announced plans which will make super-fast, fibre-based broadband available to 695,500 homes and businesses by the end of next year. Now we are able to confirm a further major investment in faster broadband speeds over copper lines.”

Duncan Nisbet, Project Director, South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband, said: “The project has an ambition to deliver Next Generation Broadband services to every home and business throughout the South of Scotland by 2020.

“These services are vital to allow our businesses to remain competitive and give our residents access to online services at comparable speeds and cost to the urban areas of Scotland. This latest announcement from BT to upgrade a further three exchanges in the South of Scotland is a real boost to the businesses and residents of Hawick, Selkirk and Stranraer.

“Although utilising the existing copper infrastructure, this is a step change towards our overall ambition following the recent announcements for fibre-to-the-cabinet exchange upgrades in Dumfries, Peebles, Innerleithen and Galashiels.

“The South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband Project continues to develop a solution for the remainder of the South of Scotland and will move to procurement during 2012.”