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BT project manager Stephen Quinn shows Fiona ODonnell MP and Iain Gray MSP how BT's fibre technology street cabinet works.

BT project manager Stephen Quinn shows Fiona ODonnell MP and Iain Gray MSP how BT's fibre technology street cabinet works.

More than 22,500 East Lothian homes and businesses can now benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out.

Last week BT demonstrated the technology behind its roll out of super-fast fibre broadband in the region to Fiona O’Donnell MP and Iain Gray MSP, local members for East Lothian.

The politicians visited a new fibre street cabinet in Tranent to find out for themselves how the technology works and why it’s essential for East Lothian’s economic future.

They both urged local people to reap the benefits of BT’s investment in high-speed fibre broadband. The new network now passes around 22,500 homes and businesses in Dunbar, Musselburgh, Tranent and Cockenzie and Prestonpans.

During the visit, BT project manager Stephen Quinn showed Ms O’Donnell and Mr Gray how BT’s fibre technology street cabinet works.

Ms O’Donnell said: “Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in boosting the local economy and building a more prosperous future. It’s great news that thousands of local people can now choose to connect to this exciting technology.

“Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many of my constituents, so it’s been fascinating to see today the progress that is being made and just how these powerful connections are carried across East Lothian. We will be working to ensure that every home in the county has access to fibre broadband.”

Mr Gray said: “To ensure East Lothian’s future success we need the right building blocks in place. One of these is having the digital technology to support our people and economy. It’s very interesting to see today how the deployment is rolling out in East Lothian. I will continue to work with all interested parties to secure fibre broadband for our more rural residents in East Lothian.”

BT is also working with the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to expand fibre broadband technology beyond commercial boundaries. Alongside private sector upgrades, the £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnerships will help take total fibre broadband coverage across Scotland to around 95 per cent by the end of 2017.

 

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