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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Digital Scotland Progresses Superfast Broadband Rollout in North Ayrshire

Across Scotland 920,000 premises can now upgrade to faster broadband through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout. This includes more than 26,540 across North Ayrshire.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Programme supports the SNP Government’s aim to make Scotland a world-class digital nation by 2020.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users to connect to the internet at high speeds. Most of the Digital Scotland deployment uses Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology, at speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Some properties can now connect to the most reliable and fastest residential broadband available as engineers build more Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to help harder-to-reach homes join the digital revolution.

FTTP is capable of delivering the fastest residential broadband speeds in the UK – up to 1Gbps – about 23 times faster than the current UK average of 46Mbps.

People need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

Sara Budge, Programme Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said:

“This programme has been able to benefit residents and businesses in and around North Ayrshire.

“The programme will deliver in every local authority area during 2018 and into 2019, complementing ongoing commercial build across Scotland.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“I am delighted to see that even more premises across Cunninghame North now have access to superfast broadband thanks to the SNP Government’s ambitious digital infrastructure programme.

“Last year, we had already reached our 95% coverage target ahead of schedule. This year, the SNP Government is awarding £600 million of contracts as the first Phase of its ‘Reaching 100%’ programme, to deliver the transformational opportunities of superfast broadband to every home and business in Scotland.

“Of course there is more to be done, but not a day goes by that I don’t see BT Openreach vans in the streets. We can see their engineers are all working very hard to make this happen.”

Work is ongoing, with Openreach engineers continuing work on the ground into 2019.



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