A further 8 telephone exchanges in Scotland will see benefits from an upgrade programme which will increase capacity following a deal between the Scottish government and BT. 71 exchanges were announced in December 2009 that needed extra capacity to allow more broadband connections to be added and these 8 will increase the number to nearly 80.
"The huge popularity of broadband has led to demand outstripping capacity at some of our smaller rural exchanges, so this is good news for consumers and businesses who can't currently benefit from the technology. This latest announcement means we will be working with the Scottish Government to upgrade nearly 80 small exchanges across Scotland over the coming year."Brendan Dick, (Director) BT Scotland
The first of the exchange upgrades are expected to be complete in March. The 8 new exchanges that will see upgrades are New Luce, Kinlocheil, Applecross, Glenelg, Colintraive, Orton, Drumbeg and Whitsome.