Digital Scotland Passes 150,000 Premises with Superfast Broa

The Scottish government has announced that the Digital Scotland superfast broadband programme has now passed 150,000 homes and businesses in Scotland.

There are currently two separate, geographically distinct broadband projects in Scotland. One covers the Highlands and Islands Eilean Siar and offshore parts of North Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute. The other will cover the rest of Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Around £140m has been invested into the programme, including £126m of private investment from BT and £156.7m of public funding, including £50m of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) cash.

Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister of Scotland said the rollout of superfast broadband will enable more households to connect to fibre broadband services for the first time and help businesses to enhance their services.

She said: "This is the fastest roll-out of its kind anywhere in the UK, passing 150,000 premises in record time - an engineering feat of the kind for which Scotland is renowned."

Despite having taken just seven months to reach the 150,000 mark, Digital Scotland still has a mountain to climb if it is to achieve its aim of bringing superfast broadband to more than 750,000 premises.

BBC Scotland fibre director Liz Mallinson believes the project was a massive civil-engineering challenge.

She said: "A lot of the early work has been in planning, surveying and building central infrastructure, so it's really a remarkable achievement to see fibre broadband services already reaching 150,000 homes and business premises."

BT said 1.4m people in Scotland could access fibre broadband on the Openreach network as of 10th November 2014.

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