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Scotland Reveals Next 24 Local Areas for “Fibre Broadband” Upgrades

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 (11:23 am) - Score 3,639

The Digital Scotland project, which is working with BT to deploy “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 85% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2015/16 and 95% by the end of 2017 March 2018, has announced the next 24 local authority areas (73,000 premises) that will benefit.

So far an additional 394,000 homes and businesses have already benefitted under the scheme and at completion this should hit around 750,000. But in the very near future we could see this target being enhanced, albeit only once the Scottish Government has actually decided upon how to spend the available funding (here).

Until then the first contract with BT is currently running at a rate of 7,000 more premises a week in Scotland and the next batch of planned upgrades to be confirmed includes plenty of rural locations, from the towns around Loch Ness to the picturesque Highland fishing village of Mallaig (see below for a full list).

John Swinney, Scottish Government Deputy First Minister, said:

It is fantastic news that a further 73,000 homes and businesses will be able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Every day we are continuing to build on our digital infrastructure –supporting the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver first-rate connectivity in Scotland by 2020, ensuring we are a world class digital nation.

By reaching out to those communities who would not have been covered by the commercial market – in towns and into some of our most rural areas – we are ensuring that the connections which are made will bring many benefits to the Scottish people both at home and in business.”

We have pasted the list of all the newly planned upgrades below, although sadly there was no specific timescale included with this data. Many of the areas are new, although quite a few are also infill (i.e. extending FTTC/P coverage in areas that have already been partially upgraded).

As usual this list is tentative (subject to change) as circumstances change on the ground and not all premises within the selected exchange areas will be able to access the new service once it goes live, although this usually improves over time.

Location  (Rest of Scotland) Local Authority Infill? Location  (Rest of Scotland) Local Authority Infill?
Colpy Aberdeenshire Ballingry Fife
Edzell Aberdeenshire Buckhaven Fife Yes
Northwaterbridge Aberdeenshire Burntisland Fife Yes
Stonehaven Aberdeenshire Yes Cardenden Fife
Brechin Angus Yes Dysart Fife
Letham; Angus Angus Gauldry Fife
Longforgan Angus Inverkeithing Fife Yes
Tealing Angus Kennoway Fife Yes
Arrochar Argyll and Bute Kincardine* Fife
Alloa Clackmannanshire Yes Kinghorn Fife
Dollar Clackmannanshire Kirkcaldy Fife Yes
Kincardine* Clackmannanshire Lochgelly Fife Yes
Auldgirth Dumfries and Galloway Lundin Links Fife
Collin Dumfries and Galloway Dalkeith Midlothian Yes
Dalmellington* Dumfries and Galloway Ford Midlothian
Dalry Dumfries and Galloway Gorebridge Midlothian Yes
Dunragit Dumfries and Galloway Loanhead Midlothian Yes
Garlieston Dumfries and Galloway Penicuik Midlothian Yes
Johnstone Bridge Dumfries and Galloway West Linton* Midlothian
Kirkcolm Dumfries and Galloway Ardrossan-Saltcoats North Ayrshire Yes
Kirkcowan Dumfries and Galloway Kilwinning North Ayrshire Yes
Kirkinner Dumfries and Galloway Kilsyth* North Lanarkshire Yes
Langholm Dumfries and Galloway Burrelton Perth and Kinross
Leadhills Dumfries and Galloway Dunkeld Perth and Kinross
Dalmellington* East Ayrshire Ashkirk Scottish Borders
Patna East Ayrshire Birgham Scottish Borders
Kilsyth* East Dunbartonshire Yes Blainslie Scottish Borders
Dunbar East Lothian Yes Dolphinton Scottish Borders
East Linton East Lothian Ettrick Bridge Scottish Borders
Musselburgh East Lothian Yes Greenlaw Scottish Borders
Abbeyhill Edinburgh, City of Yes Jedburgh Scottish Borders
Leith Edinburgh, City of Yes Kelso Scottish Borders Yes
Liberton Edinburgh, City of Yes Peebles Scottish Borders Yes
Newington Edinburgh, City of Yes West Linton* Scottish Borders
Portobello Edinburgh, City of Yes Yetholm Scottish Borders
South Queensferry* Edinburgh, City of Yes Girvan South Ayrshire Yes
Banknock Falkirk Biggar South Lanarkshire
Bonnybridge Falkirk Yes Tinto South Lanarkshire
Falkirk Falkirk Yes Broxburn West Lothian Yes
Larbert Falkirk Yes Livingston Station West Lothian Yes
Falkirk Falkirk Yes South Queensferry* West Lothian Yes
Larbert Falkirk Yes
Location (Highlands & Islands) Local Authority Infill? Location (Highlands & Islands) Local Authority Infill?
Dunoon Argyll and Bute Yes Glenurquhart Highland
Ardgay Highland Yes Halkirk Highland Yes
Aviemore Highland Yes Keiss Highland
Bettyhill Highland Mallaig Morar Highland
Brora Highland Yes Melvich Highland
Cannich Highland Newtonmore Highland
Cawdor Highland Reay Highland
Dochgarroch Highland Thurso Highland Yes
Dores Highland Wick Highland Yes
Drumnadrochit Highland Dallas Moray
Dunbeath Highland Bressay Shetland
Fort Augustus Highland Hillswick Shetland Islands
Foyers Highland Sullom Voe Shetland Islands Yes
Glenmoriston Highland Stornoway Western Isles Yes

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