SBC a Step closer to improving broadband speeds

David Parker.
David Parker.

Scottish Borders Council has invested £4.8 million in a bid to bring superfast broadband to as much of the region as possible.

This investment in the Step Change Project is expected to take overall fibre coverage in the Scottish Borders to over 93 per cent of premises from a starting point of less than 40 per cent, which council leader, Councillor David Parker described as “a great result.”

Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Stuart Bell added: “Half of Scottish Borders’ deployment is expected to be delivered within the initial phases of the project, giving rural homes and businesses an early opportunity to take advantage of high speed broadband.

“I expect that improvements for the other 7% of premises will also come from the Government’s Community Broadband Scotland initiative and the universal service obligations that are part of this new contract.”

The £4.8 million for the Borders is part of a £248 million investment by the Scottish Government, who will work with BT to improve the broadband picture nationwide .

The aim is to ensure that 85 per cent of Scottish properties will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015 and around 95 per cent. by the end of 2017.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP commented: “This is a hugely ambitious project for Scotland but vital for our communities in the Scottish Borders to allow for both domestic use and in economic development and regeneration in our towns and villages throughout the region.

“I look forward to seeing the region grow as a result of bringing our broadband provision up to date.”