24
March
2016
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18:01
Europe/Amsterdam

Shettleston's going superfast thanks to Digital Scotland

Summary
Natalie McGarry MP today helped launch fibre in her Shettleston constituency – where more high-speed broadband has recently gone live thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Natalie McGarry MP today helped launch fibre in her Shettleston constituency – where more high-speed broadband has recently gone live thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

More than 2,500 households and businesses in the Shettleston area can now access high-speed fibre services thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, building on BT’s commercial roll-out in the area.

Local people need to sign up for the new services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

The premises join around 55,000 in Glasgow which are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout – a further 170,000 can access fibre broadband due to the commercial roll out.

Other local areas now live with fibre thanks to the programme include Baillieston, Bridgeton, Cranhill, Croftfoot, Crookston, Drumchapel, Govan, Halfway, Ibrox, Kennishead, Langside, Maryhill, Pollok, Possil, Provanmill, Scotstoun, Shettleston, Springburn, Tradeston, and Yokerbuilding on the existing fibre network there. More local coverage will follow as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, continue work on the ground.

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.

Whether you own a business, work from home or want to keep in touch with friends and family, fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to connect to the internet at high speeds and get better, faster access to online services.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme – in partnership with the Scottish Government and BT – will deliver access to fibre broadband to around 95% of premises by the end of March 2018, when combined with existing commercial roll-out plans. The £410 million programme underpins the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020.

Delivered through two projects – led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in their area and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland – the partnership currently reaches more than 500,000 premises across the country.

Other funding partners include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund. BT has invested £126 million in the two

Local people can check the interactive map on the Digital Scotland website (http://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/where-when/) to find out if they can get the service and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook atwww.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast

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*Our deployment plans are subject to change. The expectations reflected in this plan are reasonable, but because our rollout involves risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ from those expressed or implied.

**These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.

Notes to editors

Due to the current network topography and the economics of deployment, it is likely that not all premises within selected exchange areas will be able to access fibre-based broadband at the same point in the roll-out. Further announcements will be made as more areas are able to access the growing fibre infrastructure.