West next for fibre internet

Parts of Wigtownshire were announced this week as among a list of places next in line for fibreoptic broadband.

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas across Scotland are set to be upgraded in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Announced on Monday were Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Port William, Whithorn, Sandhead, Leswalt and Lochans.

Around 55,000 homes and business already have access to the new broadband as the scheme is rolled out across the country.

As a result of the latest deployment, during the winter people in more than 100 places across Scotland will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas not covered by commercial deployment.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This marks another important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership. The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across Scotland is greater than any other part of the UK and indeed, much of Europe.

“However, this is not the limit of Scotland’s ambition.

The Scottish Government’s aim is to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

The scheme consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area and the other covering the rest of Scotland.

The first cabinets went live in March and April of this year in Aberdeenshire.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “With more adults working from home than ever before and more people shopping or watching TV online, this announcement will help Scotland work and play faster.

“Our ongoing deployment of fibre across the country is one of the biggest civil engineering projects happening in Scotland today.”