Media Release: Faster broadband for more Scottish communities

FASTER broadband is now available to almost 80,000 more homes and businesses in Scotland, BT announced today.

Communities from Banff in Aberdeenshire to Lockerbie in Dumfries & Galloway are the latest to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

Also included are seven locations in the north of Scotland – Alness, Dingwall, Invergordon, Tain, Thurso, Lerwick and Kirkwall — which have been upgraded as part of a wider £8m investment programme to improve links in the Highlands & Islands.

A full list of the upgraded locations is below.

The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.

The new service is now accessible to around 1.7 million Scottish premises and is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.

It takes the number of homes and businesses across the country able to access the faster broadband to around 78 per cent.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, said: “Broadband, just like roads and railways, is a vital part of Scotland’s infrastructure.

“I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity to enable our economy to thrive.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “Increasingly, broadband is an essential part of everyday life, whether you’re Christmas shopping online, sharing photographs and videos with the family, working in an office or as a homeworker, improving your education or just wanting to download a film or programme online.

“It has the power to transform every aspect of our lives and is a vital part of ensuring the future prosperity of communities across Scotland.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises during Spring 2014.

BT Scotland is also seeking to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and its agencies to extend fibre broadband to the remaining parts of the country that are harder to reach.

For further information about this news release please contact the BT Scotland press office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be read at www.bt.com/news

 Note to Editors         

*Once an exchange area has been upgraded for next generation broadband, some service providers automatically upgrade their customers to the enhanced broadband service. People should contact their chosen service provider for more information about the products and services they offer. The locations included in today’s announcement are:

Banff Aberdeenshire
Laurencekirk Aberdeenshire
Mintlaw Aberdeenshire
Brechin Angus
Rhu New Argyll and Bute
South Queensferry City of Edinburgh
Alva Clackmannanshire
Tillicoultry Clackmannanshire
Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway
Newbridge Dumfries and Galloway
Lennoxtown East Dunbartonshire
Kinghorn Fife
Alness Highland
Dingwall Highland
Invergordon Highland
Tain Highland
Thurso Highland
Kilbirnie North Ayrshire
Kirkwall Orkney Islands
Duns Scottish Borders
Hawick Scottish Borders
Jedburgh Scottish Borders
Lerwick Shetland Islands
Dumbarton West Dunbartonshire


Contact: BT Scotland press office
Phone: 08000850660
Email: btscotland@bt.com
Website: http://www.btplc.com/news