HIGHER speed broadband will be available to almost 1900 homes and businesses in the Eyemouth area after BT announced that the exchange will be upgraded later this year as part of its faster broadband roll-out programme.
The aims is to have 73 per cent of Scottish homes and businesses served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds by next spring.
Selkirk is the most recent to benefit from the BT investment that makes available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available.
Announcing the inclusion of Eyemouth in the programme Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “This major investment is playing a vital role in the area’s future prosperity. The technology is changing for the better the way we live and work, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And households are better able to make use of the huge range of on-line educational and entertainment opportunities available.
“But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.”
Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “The news that a large number of exchanges are going live with a new, upgraded standard of service is great news for Scottish business.”
The investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.