The Digital Scotland project is moving towards its goal of 85% of premises able to get a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2015 and today sees some 37 areas announced in the next wave of work set to be completed by Summer 2014.
The roll-out will be FTTC based, with the speeds dependant on the distance from the street cabinet, and we would temper some peoples excitement by cautioning that not all cabinets in an exchange area may be enabled initially and with limited funds to hit the 85% target across Scotland some more expensive to serve areas may be missed out.
"Today marks an important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership. The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband into rural Scotland is greater than any other part of the UK and indeed, much of Europe.
It’s fantastic news that many rural communities and businesses, from the Highlands to the Borders, will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity, making them more economically viable in the long term.
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."Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister
|New exchange area||Local Authority|
|Aberdeen Bieldside||Aberdeen City|
|Aberdeen Kingswells||Aberdeen City|
|Aberdeen Kingswells Appears twice as spans local authority boundary||Aberdeenshire|
|Amisfield||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Castle Douglas||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Dundee Invergowrie*||Dundee City|
|Almondbank||Perth and Kinross|
|Dundee Invergowrie*||Perth and Kinross|
|Methven||Perth and Kinross|
|Scone||Perth and Kinross|
|Bridge Of Allan||Stirling|
|Ledaig||Argyll and Bute|
|Taynuilt||Argyll and Bute|
|Additional coverage in areas which are included in commercial fibre upgrades||Local Authority|
|Aberdeen Lochnagar||Aberdeen City|
|Aberdeen West||Aberdeen City|
|Dumfries||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Dundee Steeple||Dundee City|
|Perth||Perth and Kinross|
|Oban||Argyll and Bute|
The Digital Scotland project aims to improved broadband connections for some 750,000 properties across Scotland and includes a large marine telecommunications fibre project as part of the Highlands and Islands project costing £26.9m in contracts to three firms to get the 20 fibres deployed.
The commercial roll-out in Scotland is due to end by the end of Spring 2014 and has a big chunk of work yet to do, as currently it has passed some 900,000 premises on its way to a goal 1.4 million homes.