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Funding Boost to Deliver Broadband to Dozens More Scottish Locations

Ross Kelly

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Broadband in Scotland
The announcement follows a pledge last month to deliver services to 160 rural and ‘harder to serve’ areas.

Around 400,000 more homes and businesses in Scotland are set to benefit from a £160-million broadband infrastructure boost.

People living and working in an additional 48 urban areas, including Dunfermline, Falkirk, Ibrox, Govan, Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Livingston, will benefit from increased connectivity through Openreach’s national upgrade plan.

According to Openreach, the expanded initiative will see the majority of premises in each area gaining access to the latest ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband.

More than 250,000 households and businesses in the Glasgow City Region are included in the plan, with 31 areas included.

The network infrastructure firm said it also plans to expand its ultrafast network in cities like Edinburgh and Aberdeen and start work in Culloden, Inverness.

Work will take place between now and 2026, and more details of the full list of locations and timescales are published on Openreach’s website.

Robert Thorburn, strategic infrastructure director for Openreach Scotland, said: “Nobody in Scotland is building full fibre faster, further or better than Openreach.

“We’re reaching more communities than ever and our team of highly-skilled engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.”

The news comes after a similar announcement last month, when 300,000 premises in 160 mainly rural and harder to serve areas across Scotland were included in the build plan.

Openreach said both announcements build on its existing work across Scotland, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses can already access ultrafast full fibre broadband.


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Thorburn added: “Just last month we announced 160 rural and hard to reach locations across Scotland were to benefit, so it’s great that we’re able to reveal another huge broadband boost with these additional urban locations.

“Our investment and commitment to Scotland – whether it’s urban or rural – will help to underpin economic recovery, stability and a stronger, more equal society.”

Following a tender process, a number of partners, including Morrison Telecom Services (MTS), Kier and KN Circet, were selected by Openreach to support the upgrades.

Pat Carolan, managing director of Morrison Telecom Services, said: “The last eighteen months have highlighted the importance of keeping people connected and we recognise that we have a pivotal role to play in helping Openreach to deliver full fibre broadband to Scotland.”

Ross Kelly

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