Openreach has announced that three new locations in Scotland will receive future-proof fibre broadband services over the next 18-months.
Work is set to begin in a host of towns and cities across the UK, with Aberdeen, Ayr and Stanecastle in North Ayrshire set to receive fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband through the initiative.
The new locations follow several other deployments of Openreach full-fibre broadband in Scotland, with work already underway in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Kilmarnock and Greater Glasgow.
Overall, 103 locations throughout the country have now been included in Openreach’s multi-billion pound ‘Fibre First‘ programme, with full-fibre technology being rolled out to more than 22,000 businesses and homes each week.
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The announcement follows Openreach’s decision to extend the published view of its build plans from 12 months to 18 months for the first time – providing customers, councils and the public with an extended ‘roadmap’ of infrastructural projects.
Openreach aims to provide FTTP broadband to four million homes and businesses by the end of March 2021. Earlier this year, the company raised its target from three million to four million. However, the Openreach aims to go further and reach 15 million by the mid-2020s.
Andrew Hepburn, Openreach’s director of major programmes in Scotland, commented: “We’re looking forward to bringing future-proof broadband infrastructure to thousands of homes and businesses in Aberdeen and Ayrshire. Our engineers are about to begin detailed surveys and we plan to start building in these areas from next summer.
“We already have a significant ultrafast network in Aberdeen, with 13,000 city premises now able to connect to our Gfast technology.”
Details of infrastructural work will be published on the Openreach website and will include information on the total number of exchange areas to be reached in each location. The website will also offer details of the specific exchanges where FTTP is currently being built, has been built, or where building will commence within the next three months.
Clive Shelley, chief executive of Openreach, commented: “Full fibre broadband provides a reliable, future-proof, consistent and dependable service that will be a platform for economic growth and prosperity throughout the UK for decades to come.
“We’re now building at a massive scale. Every 28 seconds we pass a home or business with our new future-proofed, full-fibre network. This has given us ever-greater confidence in the level and accuracy of whatever we announce – which is why we’ve now laid out our build plans right up to the target delivery date of four million premises by March 2021.”