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Digital Scotland hosts superfast broadband drop-in session

Friday, April 17th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Residents in the Scottish town of Kelso raced into the lead for fibre broadband at a special drop-in event at the Kelso Races on Monday.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team attended the event to welcome broadband to the area.

On the day, representatives from the Digital Scotland team were on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on issues such as signing up with a service provider.

The event was part of the one-year anniversary of Digital Scotland’s first fibre cabinet going live.

Since then, over 3,400km of fibre cable has been laid and more than 900 cabinets have been installed.

More than 12,000 homes and businesses in Kelso can now get connected to fibre broadband.

The premises are among more than 275,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services.

Cable.co.uk reported yesterday that the rollout had reached the Govan area of Glasgow and the town of Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire.

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said she was delighted to be celebrating a year of deployment of the £410m scheme.

'Many benefits'

“The project is developing a high speed fibre network which is changing the face of broadband,” she said.

“By reaching out to those who would not have been covered through the commercial market – in towns and more rural areas – we are ensuring that the connections which are made will bring many benefits to the Scottish people at home and in business.”

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to parts of Scotland not included in commercial providers’ investment plans.

Combined with current commercial roll-out plans, 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and around 95% by the end of 2017/18.

In February, it was announced that 1.5m households were able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband.

The news was welcomed by the Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who said the scale of delivering fibre broadband in Scotland should not be underestimated.

“We are still in the early stages of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, and without it thousands of Scottish homes and businesses simply wouldn’t have had access to high-speed technology,” he added.

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