Openreach announces eight new sites across Scotland that will benefit from a major boost in broadband

Eight other Scottish locations, including Stirling, Kirkcaldy and Gourock, are set to get a major boost in broadband thanks to a £16.2million investment from Openreach, the UK’s largest digital network provider used by BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen.

A further 54,000 homes and businesses are included in the latest superfast full fiber upgrade, with the new network to be built across the majority of premises in Stirling and Bridge of Allan, Kirkcaldy, Dysart and North Glenrothes in Fife, Carnoustie and Monifieth in Angus, and Gourock in Inverclyde.

It follows plans announced last year for nearly a million additional Scottish homes and businesses to have access to Openreach’s new gigabit-enabled network, including 300,000 in rural and hard-to-serve areas.

Construction has now topped more than 530,000 properties across Scotland, including 20,000 commercial premises, in places such as Aviemore, Aberdeen and Ardrossan.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s Partnership Director for Scotland, said: “No one in Scotland builds full fiber faster, further or with better quality than Openreach. Integral fiber is the benchmark for gigabit broadband and is more scalable than other technologies.

“We are reaching more communities than ever before and our highly skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in Europe.”

In 2021, Openreach engineers built approximately 770 meters of new broadband cable every minute, making superfast broadband available to another household every 13 seconds.

Scottish Government Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “This is great news for Scotland. Commercial construction continues to play a crucial role in helping to ensure that homes and businesses across the country can access fast, reliable and scalable broadband connectivity.

“Bringing fiber optic broadband to more urban and rural communities will help protect livelihoods and ensure people stay connected as we continue to recover from the effects of the global pandemic.”

Dr Liz Cameron CBE, Director and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, added: “Digital connectivity is embedded in all aspects of our lives, more than ever before, and this latest step means more communities will be able to access more quickly, reliable and more consistent speeds.

All-fiber broadband is up to ten times faster than the average home broadband connection and approximately five times more reliable than traditional copper-based networking, delivering more predictable and consistent speeds.

Across Scotland, 124,000 homes and businesses have already ordered a full fiber service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But another 406,000 could benefit and have not yet upgraded.

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Research from the Center for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Scotland to full fibre, estimating it would create a £4.6billion boost to the economy. local economy.

Openreach engineers have worked hard to make the technology available to as many people as possible across the UK, and the company’s plans are fundamental to UK and Scottish government goals.

The company will invest billions of pounds to reach a total of 25 million premises in the UK by the end of December 2026, including more than six million in the most difficult to serve areas of the UK defined by the regulator of Ofcom industry.

Scottish communities slated for Openreach gigabit upgrade

In these regions, a total of 51 exchanges will be upgraded.

  • Aberdeenshire – Alford, Portsoy, Cruden Bay
  • Angus – For many
  • Argyll and Bute – Rothesay, Rhu, Tarbert, Garelochhead, Port Ellen
  • Dumfries and Galloway – Thornhill, Ecclefechan, Port Patrick
  • City of Dundee – Broughty Ferry, Dundee Claverhouse, Dundee Baxter
  • East Lothian -Musselburgh, Pencaitland, Aberlady
  • Fife – Inverkeithing, Buckhaven, Kennoway, Auchtermuchty, Falkland
  • mountains – Inverness Macdhui, Muir d’Ord, Kessock
  • Inverclyde -Greenock
  • Midlothian -Ford
  • moray eel -Lhanbryde
  • North Ayrshire – Irvine, Whiting Bay
  • North Lanarkshire – Cumbernauld, Wishaw, Bellshill, Cambusnethan
  • Perth and Kinross -Comri
  • Renfrew County -Langbank
  • Scottish borders – Chirnside, Lauder, Coldingham, Clovenfords, Stow
  • South Lanarkshire – East Kilbride, Carluke, Tinto
  • Stirling – Dryers, Kippen
  • West Lothian – Linlithgow, Armadale, Philpstoun

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