Superfast broadband boost for many

Rural Broadband
Rural Broadband

More homes and businesses in Berwickshire are to get fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

As a result of the latest deployment announced this week more than 100 places across Scotland will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Most of those announced today – including Ayton, Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Leitholm, Norham and Paxton – will receive high speed technology for the first time.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas not covered by commercial deployment. Combined with commercial roll-out plans, around 95% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2017/18 and 85% by the end of 2015/16.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today marks another important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership. The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across Scotland is greater than any other part of the UK and indeed, much of Europe.

“It’s fantastic news that more communities and businesses around the country will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity, making them more economically viable in the long term.However, this is not the limit of Scotland’s ambition. The Scottish Government’s aim is to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

The initiative consists of two projects – Highlands and Islands and Rest of Scotland.