Superfast broadband reaches remote areas in the Highlands and more

Bothersome buffering and wimpy Wi-Fi should be increasingly rare north of the border thanks to Digital Scotland. The £410million project to roll-out superfast broadband in Scotland has reached an additional 150.000 homes and businesses.

Engineers from Openreach, the division of BT responsible for managing the national communications network, have installed over 1,600 miles of underground and undersea cabling over the last seven months to make the roll-out possible. New street cabinets - 600 of the traditionally dark green blighters, to be precise - have also been installed.

The 120 new locations that now have access to fibre optic broadband include remote rural areas in the Highlands as well as central Aberdeen.

Deputy first minister Nicolas Sturgeon said "We are still in the early stages, but already thousands of Scottish homes and businesses are able to take advantage and sign up. They simply wouldn't have had access to high-speed technology without this ambitious partnership project.

"It's fundamental to 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."

The Digital Scotland project has been funded by BT, which stumped up over £126million, and public bodies including the Scottish government, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the European Regional Development Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, pitched in over £283million.

The aim of Digital Scotland is for 95% of homes and businesses in Scotland to be covered by fibre by the end of 2017. As a result of the initiative, 1.4 million Scots can now access fibre via the Openreach network. To find out if you can, conduct a postcode search using a broadband price comparison site.

Sources: ISP Review, The Scotsman

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