More South Lanarkshire Homes Ready For Superfast Broadband
Monday, 21 October 2019
Monday, 21 October 2019
More households and businesses across South Lanarkshire can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £460 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout.
For the first time, the programme has built full fibre connections for some homes in Douglas Water. Also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP, the technology provides ultrafast1 broadband directly into local homes. It builds on earlier deployment of superfast broadband by the project in the area.
They are among more than 32,800 homes and businesses across South Lanarkshire which are now able to connect to the Digital Scotland network as engineers from Openreach continue work on the ground during 2019/20. Across Scotland, thanks to the programme, more than 940,000 premises are now able to connect.
Across the country more than 5,000 new fibre street cabinets are now live – offering broadband services at speeds up to 80Mbps1 – and more than 13,700km of cable has been laid, equal to the length of around 25 per cent of all the roads in Scotland.
Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable connections at a range of speeds1 and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from. Local people can check if the new fibre services are available to them at www.scotlandsuperfast.com/yourstreet.
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, said: "More and more people are now able to sign up to fibre broadband thanks to the £460 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, and it is particularly pleasing to see this in rural areas and rural market towns such as Douglas Water.
"The difference that having fibre broadband can make to businesses or to improving the range of services available in the home is amazing. I’d urge everyone to take advantage of the faster speeds now available. There's lots of competition out there and people may find they could be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service, but the key is for customers to contact one or more service providers to explore the options available to them, as upgrades to customers’ broadband packages are not automatic.”
Research has suggested that every £1 in public investment in fibre broadband in Scotland is delivering almost £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy. The independent report commissioned by DSSB and undertaken by consultants Analysys Mason estimates the total benefit from investment as £2.76 billion over 15 years.
Delivered through two projects - led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in its area and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland - funding partners also include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), BT Group, local authorities and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund, with Openreach leading the build on the ground.
Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, said: "The Digital Scotland rollout is still reaching new communities and bringing better broadband to rural residents, families and businesses.
“Better connectivity right across Scotland means digital progress on every level – from pupils doing homework and communities tapping in to the tourist trade online to virtual assistants like Alexa helping vulnerable people to live more independent lives.
“Our focus in South Lanarkshire for the final few months of the project will be building more small, full fibre networks capable of gigabit speeds in harder-to-reach places.”
Thanks to additional investment as a result of innovation and new funding generated by stronger than expected take-up, the rollout will continue in every local authority area during 2019 and into 2020, complementing ongoing commercial build across Scotland. More than 50 per cent of properties reached by the programme have switched to fibre broadband.
Councillor John Anderson Chair of South Lanarkshire Council Community and Enterprise Resources Committee. said: "Large numbers of homes and businesses can now upgrade via the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, including in places like Douglas Water.
“These connections are providing access to faster connections that are crucial for growing our economy and enhancing the lives and lifestyles of our residents. Fast, reliable broadband connectivity is vital for our people to work, play and learn wherever they live.”