Scotland declares 1.5 million households with access to fibre based broadband
The progress of fibre based broadband roll-outs in Scotland both commercial and Digital Scotland gap-funded is continuing and BT has declared that the combined total of commercial and funded roll-out has passed some 1.5 million premises (220,000 via Digital Scotland project).
"This is tremendous news for Scotland, and I'm delighted that 1.5m homes and businesses have now got access to a fast and reliable internet connection. The UK government is investing £100 million in superfast broadband for Scotland and our rollout has already reached more than 200,000 properties that the commercial rollout would not have covered."UK Government Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey
BT via the Digital Scotland project and maybe some more commercial roll-out is aiming to reach a target of 85% fibre based broadband coverage by 2015/2016, extending to 95% by the end of 2017/2018. The work so far has enabled some 4,700 cabinets with fibre twins and 2,800 miles of fibre cable being used to connect them all up.
Looking at our own data tracking for Scotland we put the current fibre based broadband coverage at 74.5% of premises, or if you add the superfast qualifier 70.8%. Interestingly as yet we have not seen any native GEA-FTTP go live in Scotland yet.
|thinkbroaband independent analysis of fibre coverage in several parts of Scotland|
|Area||Fibre Availability||Superfast Availability||Cable broadband Availability|
|Argyll and Bute||11.1%||9.6%||0%|