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Digital Scotland announce 90,000 premises to benefit from fibre broadband
Wednesday 16 July 2014 16:34:29 by John Hunt

Around 55,000 homes and businesses now have access to fibre broadband in Scotland under the Digital Scotland initiative, and 90,000 more are set to benefit in 18 local authority areas during the next phase of the programme. This will involve rolling out superfast broadband at speeds of up to 80Mbps to new areas, as well as increasing the footprint of fibre broadband coverage in existing areas.

The £410 million project should see approximately 85% of premises in Scotland with access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16, increasing to 95% at the end of 2017/18. This will benefit more than three quarters of a million premises across Scotland in total.

"Today 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.

It's fantastic news that more communities and businesses around the country will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity, making them more economically viable in the long term."

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister

The programme plans to announce new areas on a quarterly basis, with the full list announced yesterday available here.


Posted by brusuth over 2 years ago
Yet, I have to wait until 2017 in Edinburgh, despite the neighbouring properties having a Fibre cabinet already installed. BT are taking the mick in excluding some roads for the commercial roll out so they can get cash from LA's/Scots Govt later.. Not good enough.
Posted by Gadget over 2 years ago
If it were your money being used and not seeing a return would you do it?
Posted by AndrueC over 2 years ago
I think it's a bit ironic that they appear to have a very slow website :)
Posted by fastman over 2 years ago
are you on a new build devlopement ?

Posted by glencass over 2 years ago
No word on those who have exchange only lines (EO)We've been promised that our EOs should be started to be included with the fibre roll out by the end of this year but I for one don't trust BT one little bit. It's all about money for them and the customers is a means to that end.
Posted by sarge205 over 2 years ago
Imhave been waiting since May 2012 for super fast broadband
every time it comes to the date for upgrade they (BT) change the date to 3 or 4 months ahead and when it reaches that date it changes again to 3 or 4 months ahead
I have now been given a date for end of September 2014
don't hold out much hope
Posted by airds over 2 years ago
Must agree with sarge205, in Oban, fibre has been postponed about FIVE times (Autumn 2013,End of year, Spring 14, Summer 14, etc)- and we were one of the original areas announced with much fanfare way back in May 2012 - so well over 2 years ago! So for exchanges on that newly issued list beware, and don't get too excited. Sorry.

Latest for Oban (WSOBA) via samsknows is 'ready for service' 30 Sept. While even the Openreach tweet hasn't been up dated since 26th June! - and their exchange query from there, can only advise 'Coming Soon'
Posted by airds over 2 years ago
Granted in Oban they have been working in the towncentre - sometimes until 3am - on laying the cable, obviously in the quiet periods, but heard via a pal, a newly installed fibre box was earlier condemned - due to it not having a concrete plinth f.f.s.

The sea/loch subsea cable laying with the French ship 'Rene Descartes' should be progressing well with the good weather though? (Today she's off the Orkney mailand & Rousay)

Posted by airds over 2 years ago
If you read that BT Press Release carefully, you realise just how much BT ARE NOT contributing. Yet will profit from it for years and years. Friends in high places?? Remember than come Sept please:-)
Posted by stuart82 over 2 years ago
I am on eo line here and there all ready buld a new pcp cabinet near Exchange
Posted by dogtrader over 2 years ago
I just wanted to give the Aberdeen Bucksburn exchange a mention. (NSBBN) I recently spotted a DSLAM cabinet adjacent to PCP cabinet 1 in Stoneywood. After much effort I finally got confirmation that this cabinet is being upgraded under the BDUK project although up till now the status of the Bucksburn exchange does not confirm this, and no-one can tell me when FTTC orders will be taken. I understand the rollout of FTTC is complex but there must be many people like me desperate for information. How difficult can it be to keep the exchange status up to date?
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