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Fibre fun for Glenfarg thanks to Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband

Press Release   •   Aug 09, 2018 12:00 BST

Ben Campbell from Openreach, Kevin Macleod from FUNBOX, Digital Scotland's Samantha Lindsay-Dorward and Councillor Kathleen Baird

More than 520 homes and businesses in Glenfarg are able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the £428M Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The Digital Scotland team celebrated fibre availability in the Perth and Kinross village of Glenfarg this week as they visited a fibre street cabinet that serves part of the local area. They were joined by Kevin Macleod - from Scottish family entertainers FUNBOX, who lives in Glenfarg - Councillor Kathleen Baird, and Openreach programme manager Ben Campbell.

The Glenfarg premises are among around 41,800 homes and businesses across Perth and Kinross that are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout.

Other areas in Perth and Kinross to benefit recently from the Digital Scotland rollout, led by the Scottish Government, include more of Blair Atholl, Bridge of Earn, Inchmichael, Little Dunkeld, Caputh, Glenalmond, Kinrossie, Meigle and Spittalfield. More local coverage will follow as engineers from Openreach – Scotland’s digital network business – continue work on the ground.

Local people can check the Digital Scotland website - scotlandsuperfast.com - to find out if they are able to access the latest fibre broadband technology. People need to sign up with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

Kevin Macleod, who took time out of rehearsals for their upcoming DINOSAUR SAFARI show at Perth Concert Hall on Sunday (12th August), said: “It was a pleasure to join the Digital Scotland team to celebrate the availability of fibre broadband in Glenfarg this week. It’s good to see this project reaching more communities and giving an increasing number of homes and businesses, like FUNBOX, the chance to connect to high-speed broadband. Similar to our show it’s going to be ‘roarsome’ to have high speed internet access in Glenfarg.”

Councillor Kathleen Baird, Vice-Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee said: “It’s fantastic to see an increasing number of communities in Perth and Kinross have access to superfast fibre broadband. Whether you have a small business or are just keeping in touch with friends, having access to high speed fibre broadband is extremely beneficial.”

Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections at speeds of up to 80Mbps1 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.

Sara Budge, Programme Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It’s fantastic news that the programme has been able to benefit residents and businesses in and around Glenfarg.

“I would like to thank Kevin from Funbox and Councillor Kathleen Baird for joining us to celebrate fibre broadband availability in the area and I am glad to see that it has been able to benefit the local community.”

Digital Scotland funding partners include the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, BT Group, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund. BT Group is investing £126 million in the rollout, and the total project value includes around £18 million which is being reinvested back in to the programme as a result of stronger than expected take-up.

Ben Campbell, Openreach programme manager, said: “Thousands of people and businesses across Perth and Kinross now have the opportunity to access their best-ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider.

“Many consumers could be accessing significantly faster speeds by upgrading and reaping all the benefits that decent broadband brings. We’re proud to play our part in bringing better connections to places like Glenfarg.”

Further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at www.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast

1  These are the top wholesale speeds available over the Openreach networks 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 areas will be able to access fibre-based broadband at the same point in the roll-out.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to parts of Scotland not included in commercial providers’ investment plans, and has reached around 95 per cent of premises when combined with current commercial roll-out plans.

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