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BT “Fibre Broadband” Expands to 150,000 Extra Premises in Scotland

Monday, November 10th, 2014 (2:48 pm) - Score 830

The £410 million Digital Scotland project has confirmed that 150,000 additional homes and businesses across the country can now gain access to BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network thanks to the state aid supported scheme, which aims to cover 85% of Scottish premises by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2017.

In order to achieve this figure BTOpenreach’s engineers have had to build 300km of new sub-sea fibre optic cable and 2,400km of cable on land, not to mention the installation of around 600 new Street Cabinets in order to support their predominantly up to 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology. This all reflects match-funded development that goes beyond BT’s own separate commercial upgrades in Scotland.

Furthermore the rollout in Scotland consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area and the other covering the rest of Scotland. If we break the figure of 150,000 down then we find more than 30,000 premises are now passed in the Highlands and Islands, while 120,000 have been upgraded in the rest of Scotland.

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.

Plans to expand the deployment are also being developed, although until they’re finalised then the current coverage target of 95% is said to reflect a total of around 750,000 extra premises. However it remains unclear how many premises in that figure can expected to benefit from so-called “superfast” (24Mbps+) speeds.

Liz Mallinson, BT Scotland’s Fibre Programme Director, said:

The Digital Scotland projects constitute a massive civil engineering challenge. A lot of the early work has been in planning, surveying and building central infrastructure.

So it’s really a remarkable achievement to see fibre broadband services already reaching 150,000 homes and business premises in more than 120 communities, and this is just the start for many of these locations as engineers continue work on local upgrades.

Hand in hand with our commercial rollout, it means around 1.4 million Scots can now access fibre broadband on the Openreach network. The speed at which we’ve reached today’s milestone is a testament to the commitment and determination of our engineers, who keep Scotland connected day in and day out. They’ve completed the bulk of this work in just seven months, reaching today’s milestone faster than any other broadband partnership rollout in the UK.”

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar TheManStan says:

    haven’t heard any more news on the recovery of the cable plough that was lost back in September… won’t this have put things back?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Good point, I’ll ask.

  2. Avatar david says:

    vdsl rubbish is more hassel than its worth wants scrapping pity I didn’t live in vm area as I regrudge paying lousy Bt line rental for there shambles of a service

    1. Avatar Steve Jones says:

      I see reports of the death of James Joyce were premature…

    2. Avatar GNewton says:

      @David: I agree, VDSL is not a future-proof solution. However, what prevents you from starting a local campaign to get another company to install proper telecom services in your area?

    3. Avatar NGA for all says:

      IF we had transparency on VDSL subsidies and sensible budgets on power <£1,000, then the money is there to push a generous amount of future proofing towards many many final distribution points, but none of the latter is being reported upon.
      It looks like the cable deployed is two tubes with one fibre bundle of 4 serving each cabinet, where at no real extra cost it could 4 or 7 tubes with an initial bundle of 12 fibres in one tube, so FTTP extensions could be readied.
      20% of the contract values in the NAO report was for future proofing but with no particulars specified. That's £350m of the £1.2bn.
      A small white paper from a BT Chief Engineer would not scare any horses.

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