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Superfast rollout 'changing the face of broadband' in Scotland

Thursday, April 16th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The rollout of superfast broadband in Scotland has reached the East Dunbartonshire town of Bearsden and the Govan area of Glasgow.

One of the new street cabinets in Bearsden was unveiled by members of local Roman re-enactment society The Antonine Guard.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses in the town now have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps or faster.

In Govan, members of the Gold Star cheerleading squad unveiled one of the new fibre cabinets that will serve more than 5,000 premises.

The events were part of the one-year anniversary of the first cabinet going live as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

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

The premises in Govan and Bearsden are among more than 275,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

'Extended coverage'

The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before – opening a variety of opportunities.

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It is great to be celebrating the first year of deployment of the £410m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, while announcing that more exchanges will be included, with coverage being extended in Glasgow in places such as Govan as well as in Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire.

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

“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.”

In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents are advised to contact their service provider.

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.

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