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School pupils welcome fibre broadband to Cumbernauld

Friday, May 20th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A North Lanarkshire town’s fibre network has been extended thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.

Around 800 homes and businesses in Cumbernauld can now access fibre services for the first time.

Across North Lanarkshire, more than 21,000 premises in areas including Airdrie, Kilsyth, Glenboig and Chryston have been reached by the DSSB rollout.

One of Cumbernauld’s new fibre street cabinets was unveiled this week by pupils from Westfield Primary School.

The youngsters were also shown how fibre broadband works on board the ‘fibre showcase’ – a specially-adapted vehicle featuring all of the equipment used to roll out fibre broadband.

Westfield Primary’s headteacher Carol Ellington said: “It was fantastic to have the Digital Scotland team visit the school and involve some of the pupils in helping launch the latest fibre broadband in the town.

“Having the fibre showcase at the school was also a great opportunity for pupils to see the amount of hard engineering work that’s involved in connecting up communities to fibre broadband.

“As well as this, it also showed them how beneficial it would be when it comes to their school work and various other aspects of their home life.”

Councillor Allan Graham, convener of regeneration and infrastructure at North Lanarkshire Council, 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 are determined to make sure everyone in North Lanarkshire has access to digital services and the skills and confidence to go online and use them, even from a young age.”

'More local coverage'

Sara Budge, programme director for DSSB, said: “It’s great news that many residents and businesses in and around Cumbernauld are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme, with more local coverage to follow.

“The difference that fibre broadband can make is amazing. Once signed up with a service provider, it will give much more flexibility whether it’s at work or in the home.”

Liz Mallinson, BT Scotland’s fibre broadband director, added: “Thousands of people in North Lanarkshire now have the opportunity to access their best ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider.

“There’s lots of competition out there and people may find they could be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service.”

Pictured are pupils Ayla Thomson and Rebecca Quinn with North Lanarkshire councillor Paddy Hogg.

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