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Superfast broadband for Scotland: BT promises over 30,000 new connections

BT has promised to connect a further 39,400 homes and businesses to superfast broadband in Scotland. 

Properties in Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway and East and West Lothian will benefit from FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband connections, promising top download speeds of 80Mbps. 

While exact street names and postcodes haven’t been shared by BT, we do have some idea of which areas will benefit. 

Superfast broadband for Scotland: BT promises over 30,000 new connections
FTTC – Fibre to the Caledonians

In Edinburgh, 16 communities including Fountainbridge, Craiglockhart, Stockbridge and Murrayfield (where there has already been superfast rollout in some areas) and Davidson’s Mains, Leith, Liberton and Wester Hailes. Across Dumfries and Stranraer some 1,600 homes and businesses will benefit from faster connections. These extra locations should be able to order in faster broadband by the end of the year. 

A total of 800 homes and businesses in Cockenzie, Prestonpans and Tranent, East Lothian will be able to order in faster broadband this time next year, as will  2,000 homes and businesses in Livingston, Mid Calder and Whitburn in West Lothian. These premises should be connected by Spring 2014. 

These locations are being connected as part of BT’s own commercial rollout, the £2.5 billion endeavour that will see roughly two-thirds of the UK’s population able to order superfast broadband by 2015. So far, just over 13 million homes and businesses are able to benefit from the superfast rollout. 

BT’s commercial rollout is not related to the BDUK contracts which BT has been awarded for other parts of the UK such as North Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Surrey.  

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