More money for broadband

The latest cabinet to be put in position in East Lothian as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.
The latest cabinet to be put in position in East Lothian as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.

East Lothian will see more superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses courtesy of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Cabinet secretary for finance and constitution Derek Mackay said: “Thanks to the success of the DSSB programme, I am delighted that more premises than originally planned in East Lothian will now have the opportunity to benefit from reliable broadband.

“We are already looking at how we reach further and ultimately ensure that we can get superfast speeds to all. This will include areas not yet reached, as well as those who are part of the network already but currently too far from the current cabinets to have achieved superfast speeds.”

Mr Mackay announced last week that strong take-up figures mean that an additional £15.6m is being re-invested back into the programme.

By December 2018, 95.8% of East Lothian will have access to fibre broadband including assumed commercial coverage by this time. For Scottish Borders the figures is 94.9% having access to fibre broadband and 89.1% having access to superfast (above 24mbps) by the end of December 2018.

Robert Thorburn, BT Scotland’s fibre broadband director, said: “Strong take-up levels trigger the release of funds for reinvestment back into the network, and BT has chosen to release these funds early so we can go further.”