Openreach has been showcasing the next generation of broadband technology to a number of Edinburgh MPs and MSPs.
On a fact-finding field trip with Openreach engineers, Ian Murray MP and Daniel Johnson MSP visited Liberton to see the latest network infrastructure upgrades underway.
Local residents are among the first in the city to experience the new ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connections.
Openreach’s work in Liberton will increase network resilience and reliability, bringing speeds of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps), which is around 22-times faster than the UK’s current average of 46Mbps.
Murray and Johnson were also given a glimpse into a local street cabinet, which offers Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband at speeds of up to 80Mbps.
Openreach engineers, Jim Wylie and Steven Melville, outlined the differences between fibre technologies, as well as their benefits, as part of the visit.
Wylie commented: “We know good broadband is really important to local people and we’re delighted to be building our first full fibre city here in Edinburgh.
“Ian and Daniel share our ambition to make sure everybody in Scotland has access to a quality broadband service. We appreciate that they were able to make time to come and learn about the challenges and realities of delivering digital technology.”
Leading the Way
Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland – and among the first in the UK – to be included in Openreach’s rollout of full-fibre technology.
The firm is on track to provide ultrafast services to more than three million premises by the end of 2020, with the aim of reaching 10 million by 2025.
The Edinburgh FTTP rollout is already underway in several parts of the city, including Abbeyhill, Corstorphine, Roseburn, Gorgie, Murrayfield and Newington.
Edinburgh South MP Mr Murray said: “Good connectivity is vital for a strong local economy, so it’s been great to hear about the progress that’s being made and what that means for constituents.
“The fact that Edinburgh is one of the first places in the UK to benefit from Openreach investment in full-fibre will help make sure that our historic city remains at the forefront of technology.”
Johnson added: “It was particularly interesting to hear about the huge difference a full fibre connection will make to residents’ broadband speed, reliability and capacity.
“It was also useful to hear about developments at Openreach’s training centre in Livingston where a new fibre school will be launched next year. Engineering is a vital part of Scotland’s economy and skills learned there will benefit the nation.”
Openreach’s FTTC footprint currently extends to around 24 million UK homes and businesses, including more than 2.5 million in Scotland.
According to Think Broadband, 98 per cent of premises in Edinburgh are able to connect to superfast broadband at a speed of 30Mbps and above.