Broadband upgrade for Coldstream on the way

BT announced this week that there are plans to make faster broadband available to 1,500 in Coldstream and 8,000 homes and businesses in Galashiels.

The two Borders towns are among the latest communities to be included in the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines, and are due to be upgraded by spring of next year.

The BT investment will more than double the speed previously available from BT, making available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps).

The faster broadband is already available in Selkirk, Peebles and Kelso and is also planned for Eyemouth and Hawick.

The addition of the two new locations will take the overall number of Borders homes and businesses covered by the faster technology to almost 30,000.

By next spring three quarters of homes and businesses in Scotland will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds with the new service available to all companies providing broadband.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for Galashiels and Coldstream. It is an important part of BT’s plans to help ensure that the Scottish Borders area is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.

“The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And communities 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.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of the super-fast fibre-based broadband, already available in Innerleithen.