A £95 million investment by digital network provider Openreach will boost the connectivity of Scottish broadband in 272,000 homes.
The upgrade will see more than 50 communities across Scotland benefit from ultrafast ‘full fibre‘ broadband.
Full fibre is also more reliable than existing systems, meaning a more stable connection for users.
Inverness and East Kilbride are the largest locations to benefit from this upgrade, whilst Ecclefechan and Dumfries and Galloway and Stow in Scottish Borders being amongst the smallest.
Island communities on Rothesay on Bute, Whiting Bay on Arran and Port Ellen on Islay are also included, alongside locations such as Broughty Ferry, Portsoy, Cumbernauld, Wishaw and Garelochhead.
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Openreach has now reached more than six million homes and businesses across the UK with ultrafast full fibre broadband, with just under half a million (480,000) of them in Scotland.
This news comes after plans were announced earlier this year to expand the Scottish broadband network by 300,000, focusing on rural and harder to serve areas.
Kate Milligan, the Chair of the Openreach Board in Scotland, commented on the developments: “We’re delighted to be unveiling another broadband boost right across the country.
“Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment.
“Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities are already benefiting and we plan to reach many more in the coming months and years.”
Reports by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) highlight the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Scotland to full fibre. They estimated this would create a £4.5 billion boost to the local economy.
Kate Forbes, the Scottish Government Economy Secretary, has said: “Digital connectivity is more vital than ever and critical to Scotland’s plans for a strong, green and fair economic recovery.”
The full list of locations and timescales for the updating scheme are avaliable on the Openreach website.
The company plans to reach a total of 25 million premises by the end of December 2026, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country defined by industry regulator Ofcom.
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