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BT Deploys “Fibre Broadband” to 170,000 Extra Premises in Scotland

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 (8:16 am) - Score 820

The £409.8m state aid supported Digital Scotland programme has announced that 170,000 additional homes and businesses in Scotland can now gain access to “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) Internet connectivity thanks to their joint efforts with BTOpenreach, which is up sharply from the 150k reported in November 2014.

Overall the current programme aims to ensure that 85% of Scottish homes and businesses can access BT’s “fibre broadband” network by the end of 2015, while the Highland and Islands (HIE) region alone anticipates that it will only reach 84% by 2016. The latter is understandable given HIE’s predominantly rural terrain.

Thankfully more money is currently being allocated for upgrades beyond the completion date(s) and it’s hoped that “around” 95% of premises in Scotland should have access to the service by the end of 2017 (total of around 750,000 additional premises). But sadly we still have no idea what % will receive the required “superfast” speeds of 24Mbps+.

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.

In related news ISPreview.co.uk and Patrick Cosgrove recently revealed that take-up of premises catered for under the ‘Rest of Scotland’ project stood at just 5.81% and in the HIE region it was 6.7% (here).

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Stephen

    I have to say they seem to be doing a very through job of the rollout in Aberdeenshire. There are a lot of cabinets going up & some are in surprisingly remote locations. Also, several exchanges have cabinets going up outside the buildings, which is great for the nearby residents who have E/O lines. I have even heard that parts of the shire are in line for FTTRN in 2015 which I really hope is true as it’s the only way I’m going to get fibre!!

    Also, there seems to be a high level of publicity when areas go live, which seemed to be missing from the BT rollout in the city.

    • Avatar Lee Burton

      I wouldn’t pin too much hope on FTTC being faster than ADSL! I have been connected to FTTC (Plusnet) for the last THREE MONTHS and speeds during the evening have been the same as my ADSL service was. I am now tied into a contract with no escape. (OFCOM are not interested as they don’t have any power to rectify the issue)
      FTTC hasn’t worked for myself but I hope your area gets the speed increase you expect.

  2. Avatar Pete

    Absolutely wonderful but when you have just had a fibre optic cable installed on our Island that wont be commissioned until the end of 2016 this all seems nothing more than media hype. Why are BT continuing to sell on demand packages to consumers on my exchange causing the broadband connection to ‘die’ for most of the peak period.

  3. Avatar david

    wouldn’t build your hopes up as they say 24mbps ia superfast its all a con especially in the name “superfast” as they always say an upto which is another scam but to me its not what its all made out to be its an absolute shambles in my area .

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