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Fibre rollout bringing 'best ever' broadband speeds to Inverclyde

Thursday, August 6th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

A Scottish village is among the latest parts of the country to get fibre broadband.

More than 650 homes and businesses in Inverkip are among nearly 3,750 premises in the Inverclyde area that can now access superfast speed as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Towns that are live thanks to the programme include Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir, Greenock, Gourock and Wemyss Bay.

They are among the 370,000 homes and businesses across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps as part of the £410m Digital Scotland rollout.

The new premises covered in Gourock and Greenock join 20,000 more homes and businesses in the two towns which are already passed by BT’s commercial rollout.

Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council said: “It’s really exciting to hear that premises in and around Inverkip as well as other areas in Inverclyde can now connect to fibre broadband.

“It’s good to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband.

“We know how important access to high-speed internet technology is to both residents and businesses and are happy to see local businesses like the Inverkip Hotel have the opportunity to benefit from it if they sign up with their service provider.”

'Flexibility'

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It’s great news that many residents and businesses in and around Inverkip are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme.

“The difference a high-speed connection can make is amazing, giving much more flexibility at work or in the home.”

She said local people will need to sign up with a service provider to experience the benefits of fibre.

BT is investing £126m in the Digital Scotland programme, in addition to its commercial rollout of fibre in Scotland.

Mark Dames, head of policy for BT Scotland, said: “Thousands more people in Inverclyde now have access to their best ever broadband speeds thanks to the Digital Scotland project.

“In Gourock and Greenock the additional coverage builds on BT’s commercial rollout, which covers more than 20,000 local homes and businesses.

“As the fibre network extends across Inverclyde, making the most of it is vital. I hope local people and businesses in the area will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.”

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