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Glamis architect has designs on superfast broadband

Press Release   •   May 08, 2018 10:00 BST

Paul Stephen says superfast broadband has made a huge difference at James F Stephen Architects

More than 15,000 homes and businesses across Angus are now able to connect to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the £428m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme – and James F Stephen Architects, which has its main office in Glamis, is one of the many to benefit.

The programme announced earlier this month that more than 95 per cent of homes and businesses across Scotland can now access fibre broadband. Combined with commercial coverage, the DSSB programme exceeded its target of 95 per cent on schedule.

More than 100 households and businesses in Glamis are now able to order fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland roll-out, which has also reached places like Carmyllie, Finavon, Hillside, Inverarity and Kellas as well as parts of Montrose, Brechin and Arbroath.

More local coverage will follow as engineers from Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business, continue work on the ground during 2018 using extra funds generated by strong take-up.

The work of the practice requires the sharing of large design files between offices and with clients, builders and engineers. Before they signed up with a service provider to get connected to superfast broadband, this had proved a very frustrating process.

Paul Stephen, one of the practice partners, explains: “Connectivity was a real issue for us; particularly the upload speed, which struggled to reach 1Mbps. We were using three ADSL broadband lines and had tried pairing two of these lines together in order to boost the speed, but it was still extremely slow for our needs.

“Superfast broadband immediately made a huge difference. Our download speed leapt to over 70Mbps, while the all-important upload speed increased to 15Mbps – more than 15 times the speed we had previously been working with. The improvement in upload speed was particularly important to our business.

“We can now make full use of the cloud and the latest cloud-based applications. For example, we now use Microsoft Office 365, which means all our emails are stored in the cloud, and for our architectural design projects, we are now uploading all the design information on to SharePoint. This means our clients and all other parties involved in the project can log on to SharePoint and see the latest version of the document almost immediately.”

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.

Sara Budge, Programme Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, says: “It’s fantastic news that the programme has been able to benefit James F Stephen Architects along with many other residents and businesses in and around Angus.”

Robert Thorburn, Fibre Broadband Director for Openreach in Scotland, added: “Thousands of people across Angus now have the opportunity to access their best ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider, and reap the kind of benefits Paul has outlined and more.

“It’s great to hear about the immediate, positive impact their new superfast service has had on James F Stephen Architects – it really brings the technology to life. Once you’ve tried life in the internet fast lane, you’ll never look back.”

People can check the interactive map on the Digital Scotland website (scotlandsuperfast.com) to find out if they can get the service and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at www.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast The Digital Scotland website is at www.scotlandsuperfast.com

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*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 current network topography and the economics of deployment, it’s 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. Combined with current commercial roll-out plans, the programme will deliver access to fibre broadband to around 95% of premises by the end of the current contract.

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

About BDUK

Superfast Britain is a UK Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:

  • £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
  • £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
  • £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

About Openreach

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.

We’re 30,400 people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses - large and small - to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We work on behalf of more than 590 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more 27 million premises. We’re also the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest in the G20.

We’re working hard to give people the speeds they need to run and enjoy their daily lives. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we now manage more than 160 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to the east coast. And we’re continuing to take that network further - making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, and it is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of our revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom.

Any company can access our products under exactly the same prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

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