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Half of Digital Scotland households sign up for better broadband

Half of Digital Scotland households sign up for better broadband

Press releases   •   May 14, 2019 10:00 BST

More than half the homes and business reached by the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout have switched to faster fibre-based services, latest figures show. Across Scotland, nearly 930,000 homes and businesses have now been reached by the Digital Scotland network, with Openreach engineers continuing work on the ground during 2019.

Thousands of new homes in Scotland could miss out on ultrafast broadband

Thousands of new homes in Scotland could miss out on ultrafast broadband

Press releases   •   May 05, 2019 12:00 BST

Digital network operator Openreach has called on Scottish developers to make sure home buyers don’t miss out on ultrafast, full fibre broadband when they’re purchasing new properties. More than 60 Scottish homebuilders at a conference at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh heard that around 3,000 new properties a year are currently missing out on full fibre technology.

Digital Scotland broadband to boost Scottish economy by £2.76 billion

Digital Scotland broadband to boost Scottish economy by £2.76 billion

Press releases   •   Apr 29, 2019 10:30 BST

New research suggests that every public pound invested in fibre broadband in Scotland is delivering almost £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP visits the Scottish Borders to celebrate new fibre connection

Paul Wheelhouse MSP visits the Scottish Borders to celebrate new fibre connection

Press releases   •   Apr 16, 2019 14:16 BST

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, joined the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team and Openreach to celebrate the latest fibre broadband connection in the Whitsome area in the Scottish Borders.

Bruce Crawford MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Bruce Crawford MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 14:00 BST

Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford today visited Openreach engineers working on an installation of the next generation of broadband technology for new homes in Raploch. He saw a ‘full-fibre’ network built directly to the properties to deliver ultrafast internet connections. The future-proof services can carry speeds up to 1Gbps - 21 times faster than the UK’s current average.

Annabelle Ewing MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Annabelle Ewing MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 10:00 BST

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing has been shadowing Openreach engineers to see the latest developments in high-speed broadband in her constituency. More than 98 per cent of premises in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath area are now able to connect to broadband at a speed of 30Mbps and above.

Digital network paves the way for e-health revolution

Digital network paves the way for e-health revolution

Press releases   •   Apr 02, 2019 10:00 BST

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs – Scotland’s shadow cabinet secretary for health and sport – has joined engineers on the streets of Edinburgh to explore how better broadband could revolutionise e-healthcare. Openreach is building the next generation of broadband in the city - future-proof, ‘full-fibre’ services at speeds up to 1Gbps* - with more than 30,000 homes and businesses now able to connect.

John Swinney MSP connects with high-speed broadband

John Swinney MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Press releases   •   Apr 01, 2019 10:00 BST

Perthshire North MSP John Swinney has been shadowing Openreach engineers to see the progress of high-speed broadband locally, including the next generation of technology. During the field visit the Deputy First Minister visited a new ‘full-fibre’ network in Innerleithen Way in Perth, where he watched a step-by-step demo of how it’s installed.

John Lamont MP connects with high-speed broadband

John Lamont MP connects with high-speed broadband

Press releases   •   Mar 25, 2019 10:00 GMT

Borders MP John Lamont has been shadowing Openreach engineers in his constituency to see the progress of high-speed broadband locally. The MP heard about the next generation of broadband technology – future-proof, ‘full-fibre’ services capable of carrying speeds up to 1Gbps* – and how engineers are using innovative new techniques to bring more reliable, faster broadband to rural communities.

Openreach unveils £485,000 investment in Scottish training school

Openreach unveils £485,000 investment in Scottish training school

Press releases   •   Mar 05, 2019 12:00 GMT

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn opens new fibre training school in Livingston, West Lothian. National centre and unique outdoor ‘classroom’ will give engineers the skills they need to build Scotland’s full fibre future as investment is welcomed by Skills Development Scotland and Education Scotland.

Rhoda Grant MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Rhoda Grant MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Press releases   •   Feb 25, 2019 13:00 GMT

​Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has been out in the field with Openreach engineers to see the progress of high-speed broadband and customer service in the Highlands and Islands. The MSP also heard about the company’s plans to roll out the next generation of broadband technology – future-proof, full-fibre services capable of carrying speeds up to 1Gbps*.

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband celebrates latest fibre broadband availability across Scotland

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband celebrates latest fibre broadband availability across Scotland

Press releases   •   Feb 25, 2019 12:00 GMT

More premises across Scotland can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £442 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout. More premises in more remote areas are now able to connect and the Digital Scotland take-up rates currently stands at 48%. However this still means hundreds of thousands of people could be benefitting, but aren’t.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions welcomes UK jobs boost as Openreach recruits another 3,000 apprentice engineers to support fibre broadband ambitions

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions welcomes UK jobs boost as Openreach recruits another 3,000 apprentice engineers to support fibre broadband ambitions

Press releases   •   Jan 28, 2019 01:00 GMT

Amber Rudd opens new training centre for engineers in Peterborough and welcomes 3,000 new apprentice engineers, highlighting the number of women now moving into the sector 11 additional build locations revealed as Openreach accelerates its full fibrei broadband roll out

Openreach announces 220 engineering jobs for Scotland

Openreach announces 220 engineering jobs for Scotland

Press releases   •   Jan 28, 2019 00:01 GMT

More than 220 trainee engineers will be hired across Scotland as part of a huge recruitment drive announced today by Openreach, with new jobs earmarked for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire, Highlands & Islands and the South of Scotland. Openreach has also announced 11 new full fibre broadband locations – including thousands of homes in the Greater Glasgow area

Oliver Mundell MSP connects with high-speed fibre broadband

Oliver Mundell MSP connects with high-speed fibre broadband

Press releases   •   Jan 15, 2019 10:00 GMT

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell was out in the field with Openreach engineers this week (Monday) to see the progress that’s been made with fibre broadband and customer service in Dumfries and Galloway. Engineers also updated him on the company’s plans to roll out the next generation of broadband technology – future-proof, full-fibre services capable of carrying speeds up to 1Gbps.

Openreach stocks up for winter to keep Scotland connected

Openreach stocks up for winter to keep Scotland connected

Press releases   •   Dec 27, 2018 10:00 GMT

Openreach is stocking up on thousands of snow shoes, salt and screenwash to make sure millions of people stay connected in the event of severe weather this winter. Lessons learned from dealing with extreme weather over the last few winters has seen the UK’s digital network business invest in record amounts of stock this year to keep its engineers on the road.

All I want for Christmas is… ultrafast broadband

All I want for Christmas is… ultrafast broadband

Press releases   •   Dec 24, 2018 10:00 GMT

Edinburgh Pentland MSP Gordon MacDonald today marked the advent of ultrafast, full-fibre broadband in his constituency on a festive field trip with engineers from Openreach. He was the latest local politician to learn about the next generation of broadband technology being rolled out across the city.

Openreach brings ultrafast broadband to Scottish islands

Openreach brings ultrafast broadband to Scottish islands

Press releases   •   Dec 19, 2018 11:00 GMT

Housing developments in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles will be among the best connected in Scotland, with access to reliable ultrafast broadband. Openreach is working with local developers to build full fibre networks direct to dozens of new homes in Gott on Shetland, Kirkwall on Orkney, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and Bowmore on Islay, as well as Lochgilphead and Oban.

Ultrafast full fibre broadband unveiled to Edinburgh politicians

Ultrafast full fibre broadband unveiled to Edinburgh politicians

Press releases   •   Dec 17, 2018 10:00 GMT

Openreach has been showing the next generation of broadband technology to Edinburgh’s Ian Murray MP and Daniel Johnson MSP. They visited Liberton to see the latest upgrades of more reliable, ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) as local residents became among the first in the city to get connected to the new, future-proof technology.

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband celebrates more fibre broadband in South Ayrshire

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband celebrates more fibre broadband in South Ayrshire

Press releases   •   Dec 03, 2018 10:00 GMT

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team is celebrating the latest fibre broadband availability in Girvan, South Ayrshire. They were joined by senior pupils from Girvan Primary School to unveil the latest fibre street cabinet that serves part of the local area. The Girvan premises are among more than 16,700 across South Ayrshire now able to connect to the Digital Scotland network.