More premises in the Borders benefit from better broadband

An initiative that has enabled more than 950,000 premises across Scotland to connect to faster fibre broadband has been hailed as a success for the Borders.

By Kevin McRoberts
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 7:00 am
In the Scottish Borders, 88 per cent of premises have access to superfast broadband , according to Digital Scotland.
In the Scottish Borders, 88 per cent of premises have access to superfast broadband , according to Digital Scotland.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) infrastructure build has reached 110,000 extra premises which were not originally expected to benefit.

Connectivity Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “I’m delighted that the programme has far exceeded its expected delivery.

“In the Scottish Borders alone, access to superfast broadband has increased from 21 per cent of premises in January 2014 to almost 88 per cent now and, while we are putting in place investment to complete coverage, the progress made since 2014 is something that the DSSB team can be proud of.”

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The £463m partnership programme has involved Openreach engineers laying 16,730 kilometres of cable.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s partnership director, said: “Bringing better broadband to nearly a million homes across rural Scotland – on time and on budget – has been a massive team effort.

“We’ve seen how invaluable connectivity has been during lockdown – and it’s just as vital to help rural economies during recovery.”