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39,000 premises across Scotland to gain fibre based broadband access by Summer 2014

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
Kintore Aberdeenshire
Monifieth Angus
Amisfield Dumfries and Galloway
Castle Douglas Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee Invergowrie* Dundee City
Ceres Fife
Leuchars Fife
Tayport Fife
Almondbank Perth and Kinross
Dundee Invergowrie* Perth and Kinross
Methven Perth and Kinross
Scone Perth and Kinross
Melrose Scottish Borders
Selkirk Scottish Borders
Bridge Of Allan Stirling
Gargunnock Stirling
Cullen Moray
Findhorn Moray
Fochabers Moray
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
Inverurie Aberdeenshire
Dumfries Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee Steeple Dundee City
Cumnock East Ayrshire
Cupar Fife
Perth Perth and Kinross
Galashiels Scottish Borders
Ayr South Ayrshire
Bannockburn Stirling
Dunblane Stirling
Stirling Stirling
Forres Moray
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.


Interesting that St. Andrews is not included in the list because there are five planning applications in (I presume because it is a conservation area) for DSLAM telecoms cabinets in the town centre. They where all submitted in the first two weeks of December 2013, and have cost BT the best part of £2000. Seems like money going around in circles unnecessarily.

  • jabuzzard
  • over 7 years ago

This is really poor. BT are about as fast as a snail with chronic bronchitis. Maybe if they spent less time spunking money on football rights we might make some progress!

  • Norest
  • over 7 years ago

They couldn't announce anything until the applications are approved as they would be slated if some were turned down and they then couldn't deliver!

  • jumpmum
  • over 7 years ago

Really it's five cabinets in the centre of St. Andrews. Even in the unlikely scenario of Fife council rejecting all the applications how does this effect the roll out to the rest of St. Andrews? If Tayport which is a tenth the size of St. Andrews can be included where half the town is on exchange only lines (not me thankfully) why not announce St. Andrews?

  • jabuzzard
  • over 7 years ago

When will the other 15% be looked at? We have to put up with typical BT pathetic slow broadband at less than 1Mbps. The rural roll-out appears to end at the 30mph de-limit sign of the nearest village.

  • clivegm4fzh
  • over 7 years ago

The other 15%, depends on independence vote possibly, but has aim of 95% superfast by 2017, expanding to 98-99% the following year. Scotland may go its own path though.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

This is interesting. I live in Gargunnock, one of the small rural exchanges getting upgraded as part of this and its exclusively Exchange Only Telephone lines. i.e there are zero cabs in the village :-) It will be interesting to actually see what BT are going to offer here.

  • gregormac
  • over 7 years ago

Digital Scotland programme is already committed to 95% coverage by end of 2017. See here:

  • dunks
  • over 7 years ago

No sign of Palnure on the list (not really surprising) so the owners of the holiday cottage I rent are still out of luck. It's a miracle they get 512Mb/s.

  • AndrueC
  • over 7 years ago

From Nicola Sturgeon's statement above it sounds like the Scottish Government plans to slow down universal access to super-fast broadband if independence is voted for. 2020 as opposed to the UK aim being 2018.

  • jt2354
  • over 7 years ago

Nicola Sturgeon's statement refers to the Scottish Government's 2020 world class digital nation ambition - this goes well beyond superfast broadband.

  • dunks
  • over 7 years ago

2017 is target for 95% NGA in Scotland. Independence vote not relevant here, other than transfer of regulation.

  • dunks
  • over 7 years ago

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