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Sports stars launch new fibre broadband services in Glasgow

Monday, May 9th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Thousands more premises in Glasgow can now access fibre-based broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.

A new cabinet in the city’s Scotstoun district was unveiled last week by Glasgow Warriors rugby players Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour, while another was launched by Glasgow Tigers speedway star Coty Garcia (pictured) in Possil.

Across the city, more than 60,000 homes and businesses have been given access to superfast speeds, including premises in Cranhill, Pollok and Drumchapel.

Argentinian rider Mr Garcia said: “Speed is hugely important for me as a racer when it comes to my bikes. But it’s also vital for me to have a fast internet connection.

“I use it all the time to speak to friends and family back in Argentina. I still have a life there, so it’s important that I can keep in touch.

“I couldn’t live without my internet – I only stop using it when I’m riding or training – so I was delighted to help with the launch.

“The arrival of fibre broadband will let the people of Possil be well connected – and achieve the same kind of great speeds that we achieve at the speedway on Sundays.”

The DSSB programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government and BT, has given fibre access to nearly 580,000 premises in Scotland that weren’t part of BT or Virgin Media’s commercial rollout plans.

'More flexibility'

Sara Budge, programme director for DSSB, said: “It’s great news that many residents and businesses in Glasgow are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme, with areas like Possil, Pollok, Cranhill and Drumchapel as well as Scotstoun all benefitting and more local coverage to follow.

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

As well as connecting premises in Glasgow, the DSSB programme has also taken fibre broadband to the North Ayrshire town of Irvine, where around 800 homes and businesses can access the service.

Around 9,400 premises in North Ayrshire can now order fibre broadband, including properties in Ardrossan, Dalry, Kilbirnie and Kilwinning.

DSSB representatives will be outside Irvine’s Trinity Church, near the Rivergate Shopping Centre, next Tuesday (10 May) between 11am and 3pm to show residents how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide.

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