Sign up to benefit from fibre broadband

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At Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB), we are super excited about superfast broadband. Thanks to innovation and determination we’ve deployed fibre broadband to over 870,000 properties, meaning that combined with commercial coverage around 95% of Scotland will have access to fibre broadband.

We are one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. Each week the £428M programme, reaches more remote and rural areas.

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.

So far, we’ve deployed as far north as Weisdale, Shetland, and as far south as Paxton, Scottish Borders. So whether you own a business, work from home or want to keep in touch with friends and family, fibre broadband enables multiple users to connect to the internet at high speeds.

To benefit you need to sign up to service provider as upgrades are not automatic. Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections at speeds of up to 80Mbps* and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from.

The Digital Scotland programme expects to confirm shortly, following the usual assurance process, that its 95 per cent fibre coverage target was met at the end of 2017.

Crucially, thanks to additional investment as a result of innovation and new funding generated by stronger than expected take-up, the programme will deliver new DSSB deployment in every local authority area during 2018.

Across the country around 4,355 new fibre street cabinets are now live and more than 10,000km of cable has been laid by engineers from Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business. Whether you own a business, or work from home in order to benefit from the new, faster services you need to sign up with a service provider - upgrades are not automatic.

One business that has recently benefitted from fibre broadband is hotelier Jack Kelly-Barton, find out more about how he has benefitted www.scotlandsuperfast.com/real-life-stories/#tab=3

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Once again it is very positive news knowing that more premises than ever before now have fibre broadband available to them.

“However, these upgrades are not automatic. I would encourage more people to check whether they are eligible on the DSSB website and contact a service provider of their choice to start receiving faster broadband.

“I am not complacent – I am aware that those who do not have access are at a disadvantage and our job is not done until everyone is connected. We are now focusing on the next steps to achieve 100 per cent coverage by 2021.”

Robert Thorburn, Openreach digital partnership director for Scotland, said: “The Digital Scotland rollout is a huge success story, especially given the significant extra work and unique challenges posed by our vast geography.

“At the start of the Digital Scotland project we said we’d reach an additional 750,000 premises on top of our commercial investments, and we’ve gone well beyond this. More than 2.5 million Scottish households and businesses now have access to high speed broadband over the Openreach digital network.

“Of course there’s more to do and our engineers are keeping up the pace to reach even more remote and rural communities during 2018.”

Upgrading is easy, simply check you can receive fibre broadband at www.scotlandsuperfast.com afterward head to a price comparison website to ensure that you get the best deal for your circumstances – there are often some highly competitive deals available.

But what if you can’t yet get fibre broadband ?

If you can’t yet get fibre broadband and have a speed less than 2Mbps then the Better Broadband Scheme may be a suitable interim solution. Run by the UK Government, it offers a subsidy of up to £350 to allow the installation of a satellite broadband. To find out more visit www.scotlandsuperfast.com/where-when/the-programme/alternative-solutions

There are plans underway to reach every home and business in Scotland. You can find out more about them  www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/5421/1

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