BT has connected over 1 million homes and businesses in Scotland to superfast fibre-based broadband.
The first million milestone was passed as BT nears the completion of its £2.5 billion commercial upgrade, a project which will see two thirds of the UK connected to fibre-based superfast broadband.
BT will complete its commercial deployment later this year, by which time 400,000 more Scottish premieses should receive superfast connections.
The current 1 million total includes more than 330,000 premises in Glasgow and the West; 190,000 in Edinburgh and the Lothians; 120,000 in the South of Scotland; 100,000 in Aberdeen and the North East and 93,000 in Tayside and Fife.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said that the passing of the milestone marked a “high point in Scotland’s development as one of Europe’s leading nations for high-speed communications.”
“Fibre investment in Scotland is not just about kilometres of cable in the ground but about our economic and social capabilities as a country. We’ve recruited around 150 new engineers in recent months as our roll-out gains momentum and we’re proud to be at the heart of Scotland, delivering the digital fabric of the nation.”
In the majority of cases, upgrades at BT exchanges and on streets will see residents able to get FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband, which delivers speeds of up to 80Mbps. Some places, such as homes connected to the Waverly exchange in Edinburgh, will be able to order faster FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband, which provides top speeds of 330Mbps.
Digital Scotland recently revealed which exchanges would receive superfast upgrades by Summer 2014. Note that while your local exchange might have been upgraded for superfast broadband, that’s not a sure sign you’ll be able to get it.
The Digital Scotland and Highlands & Islands scheme are backed by money from BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) a UK Government plan which aims to get 95 per cent of UK homes and businesss connected to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.