BT fibre broadband roll-out hits 1.5m premises milestone in Scotland

BT has now made superfast internet available to more than 1.5 million premises in Scotland, with engineers from Openreach, which looks after BT's network, laying 4,500km of cable - 30 times the length of the West Highland Way - and putting in 4,700 cabinets.

BT's own £2.5billion UK-wide commercial roll-out of fibre broadband reached the majority of homes and businesses, while Digital Scotland, the Scottish government's digital technology programme, has reached more than 220,000 homes.

The Scottish government's deputy first minister John Swinney said: "The fact that over 1.5 million people now have access to fibre broadband is another positive piece of news. The scale of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn't be underestimated and this announcement shows how hard engineers are working.

"It's a fundamental part of the Scottish government's aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device."

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, added: "Today is a major milestone in Scotland's digital revolution. Access to secure, high-speed communications will drive the future economic prosperity of our country. It's vital that people embrace the digital revolution and make the most of the new infrastructure."

Remote, rural locations as well as densely-populated urban areas have benefitted from the roll-out. It has now provided superfast broadband to 173,000 premises in Glasgow, 152,000 in Edinburgh, 98,000 in Aberdeen, 56,000 in Dundee and 26,000 in Inverness, and to the Outer Hebrides and other isolated places.

BT made huge strides with regards to rolling out superfast broadband in Scotland during 2014, connecting 10,000 homes every week, which equates to 500,000 over 12 months. The Digital Scotland superfast broadband programme, of which BT is a partner, is aiming to make fibre available to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2017.

If you live in Scotland and want to know if you can upgrade to superfast broadband yet, pop your postcode into a broadband price comparison website - the one you're looking at now wouldn't be a bad place to start - to see if you can.

Sources: ISP Review,

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