Faster broadband for more of Berwickshire

High speed fibre broadband availability has spread to Leitholm and Coldstream and a Digital Scotland team were in Berwickshire last week to celebrate.

Mid Berwickshire war councillors Frances Renton, Donald Moffat and John Greenwell officially unveiled Leitholms’s new fibre cabinets, there representing Scottish Borders Council which has contributed over £8 million to the Digital Scotland project to improve broadband speed and connectivity across the region.

Digital Scotland and BT representatives open the broadband exchange box in Leitholm with Scottish Borders Councillors.

Digital Scotland and BT representatives open the broadband exchange box in Leitholm with Scottish Borders Councillors.

Investment by BT, Digital Scotland and Scottish Borders Council means that 38,000 premises across the Borders can now sign up with a service provider for fibre broadband.

And for those wanting to find out more about its benefits the new Digital Scotland showcase van was open to members of the public in Coldstream and Leitholm last Thursday. The specially-adapted vehicle features all the equipment used in fibre broadband including some of the things you don’t often see - like how fibre optic cables are ‘blown’ underground.

Councillor John Greenwell said: “I was very pleased to take part in the launch of superfast broadband that is being rolled out in the Coldstream and Leitholm area. Both the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council have put a lot of resources into this project which rural areas have been waiting for some time,

To check whether you can get the service go to http://www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen or on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at www.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast