Hundreds of homes and businesses in Drymen and Kippen are set to benefit from a significant increase in broadband as part of a £ 95million investment by Openreach.
The country’s largest digital network provider is used by customers of service providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone.
The towns of Stirlingshire will be modernized following the company’s latest construction announcement, with a new superfast and ultra-reliable ‘full fiber’ broadband network to be built in most premises in the region.
The digital network provider has now reached over six million homes and businesses across the UK with ultra-fast fiber, of which around 480,000 are in Scotland.
The latest plans follow news earlier this year that around 300,000 Scottish homes and businesses would have access to Openreach’s new network, mostly in rural and hard-to-serve areas. The company has already announced plans to upgrade Balfron, Blanefield, Callander, Doune, Dunblane and Killearn.
Robert Thorburn, Director of Partnerships for Openreach in Scotland, said: “As Scotland’s largest fiber builder, we are delighted to unveil a boost to home and business broadband from Drymen and Kippen.
“Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s working from home, accessing education and care services, or streaming games and entertainment – and that’s why we invest in everything. the United Kingdom to upgrade our network to 25 million premises.
“No one builds faster, farther or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we have already reached six million homes and businesses with ultra-fast fiber optic technology, of which 480,000 are in Scotland. It is also proving to be popular, with almost 23% of them having already chosen to start using it.
“Our engineers and construction partners are reaching more and more communities every week, and we don’t just build in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard-to-reach communities are already benefiting, and we plan to reach many more in the months and years to come.
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Scottish Government Economic Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Digital connectivity is more vital than ever and essential to Scotland’s plans for a strong, green and fair economic recovery.
“Our Reach 100 Percent (R100) program – including our £ 600million investment in R100 contracts – ensures that everyone in Scotland can access super high speed. With Openreach’s latest business investment of £ 95million, this will ensure that more than 50 of our communities across Scotland will be able to access fiber-optic broadband even faster.
In the UK, over 1.3 million homes and businesses have already ordered full fiber optic service from a range of retail service providers using the Openreach network. But that means millions more have yet to start enjoying some of the world’s fastest and most reliable broadband connections, and have yet to upgrade.
Recent research from the Center for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has highlighted the clear economic benefits of connecting everyone in Scotland to fiber optic. He estimated this would create a £ 4.5bn boost to the local economy.
Openreach engineers have worked to make the technology accessible to as many people as possible across the UK – sometimes reaching 47,000 premises per week – and work will continue through 2026, the full list of locations and deadlines being regularly updated 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 most difficult to serve regions of the country defined by the industry regulator Ofcom.