More than 1,000 homes and businesses in Colinton, Edinburgh are now able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
The Digital Scotland team unveiled one of the new fibre street cabinets that will serve part of the village last week with Ian Henderson from the Colinton Inn and Bistro, which has recently switched to the faster speeds available.
The latest premises are among more than 715,000 homes and businesses across Scotland which are now able to access fibre broadband through the £428 million Digital Scotland rollout.
To access the latest fibre broadband technology, local people need to sign up with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.
Other local areas to benefit from the Digital Scotland rollout, led by the Scottish Government, include Gorgie, Morningside, Balerno and Bonaly. More local coverage will follow as engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, continue work on the ground.
Ian Henderson said: “It was a pleasure to join the Digital Scotland team to announce more fibre broadband in Colinton. It's good to see this project reaching more communities and giving an increasing number of homes and businesses like ours the chance to connect to high-speed broadband.
“We have certainly seen an improvement in the speed of our broadband since signing up to the service, which proved a particular advantage when we recently upgraded our i-point sales system.”
And that’s not the only good news in Scotland - superfast broadband is also coming to more homes in Woodilee near Kirkintilloch.
Residents in 59 local households will be able to order new high-speed fibre broadband services for the first time, thanks to a partnership between the community and BT.
The entire cost of delivering the new technology has been covered by Openreach and the UK Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which supports households and businesses which are not covered by any current fibre broadband rollout plans and experience speeds below 2Mbps.
The new network, which offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps, will cover homes in Woodcroft Drive, Sandmartin Grove and Barony Drive, and is expected to be switched on by the end of this year.
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 to connect to the internet at high speeds and get better, faster access to online services.
People can check the interactive map on the Digital Scotland website to find out if they can get superfast broadband and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast.