The Scottish Government and its partners are extending high speed fibre broadband to around 95% of Scotland by the end of March 2018.
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Working as a freelance photographer in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, Iain Struthers has seen an incredible difference since upgrading to fibre broadband. Iain’s photography business requires the ability to frequently send large files online so upgrading to fibre broadband has been a game changer.Read full story
Stephen Hargreaves lives with his partner Cathy in the semi-rural town of Pathhead, near Dalkeith, south west of Edinburgh. Since leaving school, Stephen has worked in the building trade and he decided to further his career by studying for an honours degree in Construction Project Management at Herriot-Watt University.Read full story
Andy Weir is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders and the difference that fibre broadband has made for his business - RIDELINES – has been incredible. RIDELINES, provides rider-focused mountain bike skills tuition through courses and one to one coaching sessions. Since upgrading, the company has seen an incredible difference in the speed of their broadband, revolutionising business activity.Read full story
Paul Neilson, Jillian McCall and Zak Neilson live in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. Paul works in ICT and so he was well aware of the potential benefits of fibre broadband. When they moved into their brand new home, they were frustrated to discover that it did not have a fibre broadband connection and were delighted by the impact when it was installed.Read full story
John McPake is from Menstrie in Clackmannanshire and the difference that fibre broadband has made for his photography business – ‘The Big Picture’ - has been incredible. John has been a professional photographer for over 40 years and upgrading to fibre broadband has been invaluable for maintaining professional client communication.Read full story
James F Stephen Architects is a forward-looking architectural practice that has created award-winning designs across a range of building types, including residential, commercial, public sector and leisure projects.Read full story
Mark Alexander is from Newton of Falkland in Fife and the difference that fibre broadband has made for his business, The Word Association, has been incredible. The Word Association is an established PR and marketing consultancy with clients throughout the UK and Europe so having fibre broadband is essential, particularly in online communication.Read full story
Living in Grange, Perth and Kinross, Mary Smith and her family have seen incredible results from upgrading to fibre broadband. As a family of five they have been able to connect multiple devices to the internet and all work away happily at the same time, from watching TV programmes to working from home.Read full story
Dawn Henderson is Managing Director of IT Training and Development Ltd, an international training consultancy which she runs from her home office in Kintore, Aberdeenshire. Dawn set up the business in 2012 after 20 years’ experience as director of an IT company. Clients are based around the globe, including the United States, Dubai, Australia and Singapore.Read full story
Iain Burnett and his team of award winning chocolatiers work in rural Perthshire and have discovered the direct benefits of upgrading to fibre broadband and the perks that their visitors have received as a result are incredible.Read full story
As editor of the Business Women Scotland (BWS) Magazine, Lynne runs the business from her home in Park Circus in the centre of Glasgow. BWS is all about promoting women in business and giving them a voice with their success stories aiming to motivate and inspire. They also run live events across different parts of Scotland which Lynne promotes.Read full story
Farmer, Willie Harper whose farm is outside Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire is fibre enabled thanks to the DSSB scheme. Willie can get a broadband speed of about 18 mbps – so not quite superfast – but enough for Willie and his family to see the many benefits.Read full story
Peter Rae from Biggar is one of thousands of people across South Lanarkshire who is benefiting from fibre broadband. Having signed up to fibre broadband he has seen a significant improvement in his service, revolutionising the way in which he is able to communicate across the world, including Australia and America.Read full story
Inchture Hotel is a family owned country hotel in the village of Inchture, four miles from Dundee. Owned by husband and wife team Stef and Jack Kelly-Barton since 1999, the hotel is now entering an exciting new phase in its development, thanks to superfast broadband.Read full story
Phil Prentice is Chief Officer of the Scotland’s Towns Partnership, an initiative fostering growth and economic development in 500 towns across Scotland. Phil and his wife moved from Glasgow to Inverkip, a historic conservation village on the Clyde coast for lifestyle reasons and they were prepared to accept compromising on connectivity. However, now he has a fibre broadband connection, Phil says he does not need to compromise on broadband speeds after all and he can enjoy ‘the best of all worlds.’Read full story
Dav McKenzie lives in the rural village of Langbank near Glasgow. As a member of the local community council as well as a freelance digital marketer and an avid online gamer, Dav is finding that fibre broadband is making life better in a huge number of ways.
Dav says: “Langbank is a small rural community and like many others, we have struggled to maintain our local facilities. For example since we lost our village shop, which was the heart of the village, there has been less of a central hub and less interaction between the residents.Read full story
The Glen Lui Hotel is in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park and enjoys a tranquil woodland setting with views across Ballater Golf Course to Lochnagar. The hotel has been owned and run by Gordon and Susan Bell together with their son Murray since 2006 and it is open throughout the year. Susan is excited about the new opportunities their fibre broadband connection opens up for the hotel, as well as the improvements it will make to the experience the hotel can offer its customers.Read full story
Professor Russel Griggs lives with his wife Liz in a traditional sandstone house in the village of Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway. He has a number of high profile roles in the financial and energy sector as well as for Scottish Government and Government in Northern Ireland. Professor Griggs says fibre broadband is transforming his use of the internet.Read full story
Graeme Blackie lives in Houston in Renfrewshire. He is finding that fibre broadband is making a big difference to him. He says: "Fibre broadband has radically improved the whole digital experience."Read full story
Tom is Head of Development at D8, a design agency in Glasgow. He lives with his partner Ann and Ann’s 18 year old son, Lewis, in the village of Bridgehouse in West Lothian. He often works from his home office in a wooden cabin at the bottom of the garden, overlooking the pond. Now they have a fibre broadband connection, Tom is able to work from home just as effectively as from the office, boosting his productivity and improving his quality of life.Read full story
Val, who lives in Quarriers village in Inverclyde, set up as an independent stylist with Stella & Dot in 2012. Stella and Dot, which is an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewellery and accessories line is available exclusively online and through in-home Trunk Shows run by their independent stylists.Read full story
Alison Bradley and her husband Denis run a multi-award winning magazine about contemporary flower design that sells to customers in 75 countries across the globe. They run the business from a home office in the rural village of Kippen in West Stirlingshire. Since founding the business in 2001, the couple have established an enthusiastic following on every continent, including over 200,000 fans on Facebook and other social media.Read full story
David Foubister is a web data specialist providing consultancy services from his home office in Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Clients include the Scottish Government and others, mainly within the agriculture, forestry and oil industries.Read full story
Until we got our new superfast fibre connection, it was very difficult because the videos would not stream properly and kept slowing down and stopping. This was really annoying and made it difficult to pay attention and learn. But now we have fibre broadband, it is great! Videos work perfectly and it is also easier to access the school network.Read full story
Silver City Surfers is an innovative charity bringing digital skills to people aged over 55 in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. The organisation runs five free sessions a week in the city, where people can gain confidence in using IT, with one to one tuition from instructors at their own pace, all in a relaxed, social setting. Silver City Surfers are now benefiting from a high speed fibre connection at the Salvation Army Citadel in Aberdeen, where hundreds of people attend their sessions each year.Read full story
Rollos are a long established solicitors and estate agents, with offices in St Andrews, Cupar, Auchtermuchty and Glenrothes. They offer a wide range of legal, financial and property services across Fife, Tayside and further afield, nationally and internationally. Rollos were one of the first businesses to order fibre optic broadband, when it became available in Cupar, which is where the Rollos principal office is based.Read full story
SuperControl (http://www.supercontrol.co.uk/ ) is an online booking system and management tool used by holiday accommodation businesses in the UK and in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company is based in Castle Douglas and has recently upgraded to fibre broadband.Read full story
Jim Gales MBE, who lives with his wife Janet and Guide Dog Zeb, in the village of Springfield, near Cupar, has been amazed at the difference fibre broadband has made to him. Jim, who is blind, works from home managing and developing three different organisations that promote sport for people with disabilities in Scotland. These are Disabled Curling Scotland, Vision Impaired Golf Alliance and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.Read full story
With Scotland’s mountainous landscape and scattered rural communities, bringing fibre broadband to 95% of premises was not going to be easy! This is a really complex and challenging engineering project. In fact, it’s the most ambitious fibre infrastructure project yet undertaken in Europe.
The fibre network has been taking shape on schedule across Scotland, with DSSB achieving its aim of bringing access to fibre broadband to 95% of homes and businesses by the end of 2017.Read about the programme