Thousands of new properties across Scotland are missing out on full fibre technology, prompting Openreach to call on developers to ensure that home buyers do not miss out on ultrafast broadband.
At a conference at BT Murrayfield Stadium last week, more than 60 Scottish homebuilders were told that around 13% of the total number of new properties do not have access to adequate digital services.
Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland, and one of the first in the UK, to be included in Openreach’s rollout of full fibre technology, with properties in the Murrayfield area among the 30,000 already connected.
Openreach’s director of infrastructure solutions, Matthew Kirkman, said that developers have a “great opportunity” to be at the forefront of Scotland’s “digital journey” from copper to fibre; a process that will take years.
“Full fibre is the future,” he said. “Scotland’s digital journey from copper to full fibre will take years, with the UK Government having an ambition for everywhere to have access by 2033.
“Developers building entirely new housing have a great opportunity to be right at the forefront. Many are already on board, with around 87% of new homes in Scotland signing up with us for full fibre. The remainder are split between a superfast service via Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) or copper.”
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Kirkman noted that Openreach aims to foster closer ties with Scottish developers to help boost the number of properties gaining access to future-proof networks going forward.
“We believe we can do better, and that’s why we’ve organised today’s event.” he said. We want to build closer relationships with Scottish developers large and small, and show how we can help them create future-proof networks in their new developments – and why it matters.”
Openreach installs full fibre networks free of charge to all new housing developments, comprised of 30 or more properties, and has even cut prices by more than three-quarters for smaller sites, where it will co-fund work. The company is currently on track to bring ultrafast services to three million UK premises by the end of 2020.