Scottish broadband upgrade expanded by Openreach

Openreach is expanding its Scottish national broadband upgrade, with full fibre heading to another 120,000 homes and businesses across the country, including the ancient capital of Scone and Tobermory in Skye.

Full fibre is being expanded to 28 more Scottish city suburbs, towns and villages, as part of the huge broadband upgrade by Openreach.

People living in Port Glasgow in Inverclyde, Possil in Glasgow, Wester Hailes in Edinburgh, Grantown on Spey in the Highlands, Scone in Perth and Kinross, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and 22 other communities are next in line for full fibre.

Several new locations in Fife and South Lanarkshire will be upgraded, while more parts of Aberdeen and Dundee are also included.

They join 1.2 million homes and businesses across Scotland who already have access.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, said: “Our rollout of full fibre broadband is a huge infrastructure success story. As far as we know, no company is building faster or further in Europe.

“We won’t be stopping any time soon. We now plan to build even further across Scotland, to more city locations, towns and our most rural communities.

“Our engineers are working at a rapid pace despite the huge complexities of an engineering project on this scale, stretching from Shetland to Stranraer …

“Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic. Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest.

“Our network offers the widest choice of providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen – which means people have lots of choice and can get a great deal.”

Scottish Government Employment and Investment Minister Tom Arthur said: “Digital infrastructure is a key enabler to support economic growth right across  Scotland.

“It’s why the Scottish Government is making record investment in broadband infrastructure this year, and we will continue to work alongside Openreach and other  partners to continue improving and extending our digital network to benefit communities and businesses across the country.

“As a signatory of Scotland’s Full Fibre Charter, Openreach is committed to accelerating and prioritising rollout of the technology.

“This welcome programme of work will  bring continued significant investment in our workforce and national infrastructure, enabling more homes and businesses — including in our island and rural communities —  to access a full fibre connection.”