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Digital Scotland Confirm Next 67 Locations for Fibre Broadband Upgrades

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 (10:21 am) - Score 4,504

The Digital Scotland project has today announced the next 67 locations (80,000 homes and businesses), including 15 new communities in the Highlands and Islands region, that will benefit from the £410m scheme which aims to make BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services available to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015 and rising to 95% by the end of 2017.

The first premises in this latest batch of locations are expected to benefit from a “fibre broadband” upgrade during Spring 2015 and the list also includes plenty of infill, which occurs when BTOpenreach returns to extend coverage in areas where FTTC has already been partly partially deployed.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, said:

This latest announcement marks another important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership.

The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn’t be underestimated but engineers are working hard and making good progress. One major component – the huge sub-sea project to lay cables out to the islands – is now largely complete. It’s also fantastic to see the project extending into places like Joppa in East Ayrshire and Spean Bridge in the Highlands which will benefit greatly from the economic advantages fibre broadband brings.

We are still in the early stages of this ambitious partnership project, but it is already delivering for thousands of Scottish homes and businesses who simply wouldn’t have had access to high-speed technology without it.

It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish Government’s aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

In total the scheme hopes to help more than 750,000 premises to be put within reach of faster “fibre broadband” connectivity, which will be in addition to the 1.4 million+ that should have already benefitted through BT’s separate £2.5bn commercial deployment across the United Kingdom (not to mention Virgin Media’s separate cable upgrades).

New Locations
Aberdeen Bucksburn – Aberdeen City
Aberdeen Dyce – Aberdeen City
Auchenblae – Aberdeenshire
Aboyne – Aberdeenshire
Alford – Aberdeenshire
Banchory – Aberdeenshire
Kildrummy – Aberdeenshire
Newtonhill – Aberdeenshire
Newmachar – Aberdeenshire
Torphins – Aberdeenshire
Balvicar – Argyll and Bute
Connel – Argyll and Bute
Dalmally – Argyll and Bute
Kilmelford – Argyll and Bute
Dalrymple – East Ayrshire
Drongan – East Ayrshire
Joppa* – East Ayrshire
Glasgow Bearsden – East Dunbartonshire
Glasgow Bishopbriggs* – East Dunbartonshire
Aberdour – Fife
Limekilns – Fife
Newburgh – Fife
Newmills – Fife
Glasgow Bishopbriggs* – Glasgow City
Glasgow Croftfoot* – Glasgow City
Glasgow Govan – Glasgow City
Glasgow Rutherglen* – Glasgow City
Thurso – Highland
Wick – Highland
Ballachulish – Highland
Kildary – Highland
Kiltarlity – Highland
Onich – Highland
Spean Bridge – Highland
Clochan – Moray
Longmorn – Moray
Rothes – Moray
Rothiemay – Moray
Annbank – South Ayrshire
Joppa* – South Ayrshire
Maybole – South Ayrshire
Tarbolton – South Ayrshire
Glasgow Croftfoot* – South Lanarkshire
Glasgow Rutherglen* – South Lanarkshire

Kirkintilloch – East Dunbartonshire
Glasgow Giffnock* – East Renfrewshire
Merrylee – East Renfrewshire
Newton Mearns – East Renfrewshire
Glasgow Bell – Glasgow City
Glasgow Bridgeton – Glasgow City
Glasgow Douglas – Glasgow City
Glasgow Giffnock* – Glasgow City
Glasgow Halfway* – Glasgow City
Glasgow Ibrox – Glasgow City
Glasgow Langside – Glasgow City
Glasgow Merrylee – Glasgow City
Glasgow Provanmill – Glasgow City
Glasgow Springburn – Glasgow City
Alness – Highland
Beauly – Highland
Dornoch – Highland
Fort William – Highland
Inverness – Highland
Nairn – Highland
Strathpeffer – Highland
Tain – Highland
Elgin – Moray
Buckie – Moray
Forres – Moray
Keith – Moray
Glasgow Halfway* – Renfrewshire
Johnstone – Renfrewshire
Glasgow Paisley – Renfrewshire

The * denotes telephone exchanges that feature twice because they serve premises in more than one local authority area.

As usual the press release talks a lot about “fibre broadband” coverage, although the actual proportion expected to benefit from “superfast” (24Mbps+) speeds remains somewhat unclear.

Digital Scotland’s Current Funding

The Highlands and Islands (£145.8m):

• £126.4m from public bodies (Scottish Government, Department for Culture, Media and Sport [BDUK], Highland and Islands Enterprise and all seven local authorities that form part of the project area)
• £19.4m from BT.

The Rest of Scotland (£264m):

• £157 million from public sources (Scottish Government, ERDF, Department for Culture, Media and Sport [BDUK], and all 27 local authorities that form part of the Rest of Scotland Project area)
• £106.7 from BT.

NOTE: The Broadband Delivery UK office has also made an extra £20.99m available to help Scotland meet the 2017 target, which will need to be matched by local authorities and BT etc.

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