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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed news that more fibre broadband has gone live in Perth and Kinross thanks to the £428 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out.

More than 800,000 premises across Scotland can now receive fibre broadband through the programme, with homes and businesses in Wester Balgedie in Kinross-shire now included for the first time.

All of the latest local premises to be passed by the roll-out were previously served by ‘exchange only’ lines, a historic legacy of the copper network once thought to be out of the reach of high-speed fibre services.

Each week the programme, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, reaches more remote and rural areas, passing another 34,000 households and businesses in the last six months.

Across the country around 4,100 new fibre street cabinets are now live and more than 8,700 km of cable has been laid by engineers from Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business.

Ms Cunningham said:

“I am very pleased to learn that my constituents in Wester Balgedie are amongst the latest communities to get connected to superfast broadband.  Fast and secure internet connection is now a massively important part of modern life for business and households alike.

“A wide variety of factors can influence how quickly faster broadband can be delivered to different addresses and it is important that people check on the website to see whether they are due for an upgrade.

“The Scottish Government has made a commitment in the Programme for Government that we will reach 95% coverage by the end of this year and we are on track to do so.  In the last year we have made faster progress than any other part of the UK.  We are focussing on pushing past that milestone and hitting the target of 100% by 2021.”

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Local people can check the Digital Scotland website to find out if they can get a fibre-based service.

Due to the current network topography and the economics of deployment, it is likely that not all premises within specific areas will be able to access fibre-based broadband at the same point in the roll-out.

‘Exchange Only’ lines run directly from the exchange to homes and business premises, bypassing the usual road-side cabinets which are a vital part of the fibre roll-out. Openreach engineers worked out an innovative way to integrate these lines into the fibre network, laying hundreds of metres of new cables to reroute lines through extra road-side cabinets.


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