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Glasgow MP launches fibre broadband in Shettleston

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Thousands of homes in the east end of Glasgow have been given access to fibre as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.

More than 2,500 premises in Shettleston can now access high-speed services as the government programme builds on BT’s commercial rollout in the area.

The Digital Scotland programme has now reached around 55,000 homes and businesses in Glasgow, with areas including Baillieston, Bridgeton, Cranhill, Croftfoot, Crookston, Drumchapel, Govan, Halfway, Ibrox, Kennishead, Langside, Maryhill, Pollok, Possil, Provanmill, Scotstoun, Springburn, Tradeston, and Yoker benefiting.

A further 170,000 premises in the city have access to fibre broadband thanks to commercial rollouts and more local coverage will follow as engineers from BT Openreach continue work on the ground.

Upgrading to superfast broadband isn’t an automatic process, though. Residents will need to sign up for fibre with an internet service provider to access faster speeds.

DSSB is aiming to deliver access to fibre broadband to around 95% of premises, when combined with existing commercial rollout plans, by the end of March 2018.

The £410m scheme underpins the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a world-class digital nation by 2020.

The launch of fibre broadband in Shettleston, which was attended by Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry (pictured) last week, follows the arrival of superfast speeds in the North Lanarkshire town of Shotts.

More than 3,700 homes and businesses in the town join premises in Plains, Chryston, Caldercruix and Harthill that have been connected by the DSSB programme.

'Reaching more communities'

North Lanarkshire’s regeneration convener Allan Graham said: “It's good to see this project reaching more communities and giving an increasing number of homes and businesses the opportunity to connect to high-speed broadband.

“We’re determined to make sure everyone in North Lanarkshire has access to digital services – and the skills and confidence to go online and use them.”

The DSSB programme is delivered through two projects – it is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in its area and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland – and currently reaches more than 500,000 premises across the country.

Other funding partners include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

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