More than 11,850 new homes across Scotland will be able to get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK following a deal between Openreach and the individual site developers.
Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business, will build fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology capable of ultrafast speeds up to 1Gbps for properties on the new sites located in Aberdeen (239 homes), Arbroath (287 homes), Balerno (206 homes), Cambuslang (244 homes), Coatbridge (210 homes), Dumbarton (226 homes), Dumfries (200 homes), Dunbar (240 homes), Dunfermline (833 homes), East Kilbride (316 homes), Edinburgh (630 homes), Gartosh (247 homes), Glasgow (860 homes) , Hamilton (273 homes), Inverkeithing (295 homes), Kinross (300 homes), Livingston (223 homes), Paisley (235 homes), Perth (4,803 homes) and Stewarton (228 homes). Full details for each area can be found at the end of this release.
The deal is part of an Openreach initiative supported by the Home Builders Federation and Homes for Scotland, to connect all UK new housing developments of 30 properties or more with ultrafast fibre infrastructure, free of charge to the developer.
Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland, said: "High speed broadband is an absolute ‘must have’ for today’s new home buyers who continue to demand faster and better broadband connections as consumers are doing more and more online and at the same time, from streaming high definition movies and TV, gaming, online shopping to using mobile devises over wireless broadband. Openreach’s provision of free Fibre to the Premises for developments with over 30 homes is therefore very welcome.”
Andrew Hepburn, Openreach fibre roll-out director, Scotland, said: “An ultrafast broadband network will be a major boost for these new communities by ensuring that people living and working there have quick access to some of the fastest speeds available.
“The 11,850 homes are in addition to the 9,000 homes Openreach announced in July at a dozen more new sites all over Scotland. It reflects our commitment to ensuring that Scotland has a first-class network, capable of delivering the latest communication services for households, businesses and other organisations.
“We know that people are passionate about the speed and reliability of the broadband service their communication provider can offer them and that, for some, the availability of ultrafast speeds will strongly influence their decision on which new property to buy.”
The full details of the developments which will benefit from new ultrafast networks are as follows:
|Arbroath||East Muirlands Road||Persimmon Homes||287|
|Aberdeen||Countesswells||Stewart Milne Homes||239|
|Coatbridge||Calderwood Village||James Walker (Leith) Group||210|
|Dumbarton||Castle Point||Turnberry Homes Limited||226|
|Dunbar||Bowmont Terrace||Robertson Homes||240|
|Dunfermline||Meadowlands||Taylor Wimpey Scotland||234|
|Dunfermline||South Fod & Lynebank||Barratt Homes Scotland||200|
|Fife||Wellwood||I&H Brown Ltd||399|
|East Kilbride||Mavor Avenue||Barratt Homes Scotland||316|
|Edinburgh||Ashley Place||Miller Homes Scotland||214|
|Edinburgh||Shrub Place Lane||Allenbuild Ltd||200|
|Edinburgh||Land off Drum Street||Miller Homes Scotland||202|
|Edinburgh||Maybury Road||CALA Homes||400|
|Balerno||Kingfisher Park and Ravelrig Heights||CALA Homes||206|
|Edinburgh||North Sighthill||Keepmoat Homes Ltd||316|
|Cambuslang||Greenlees Road||PERSIMMON HOMES||244|
|Paisley||Hawkhead Road||Miller Homes Scotland||235|
|Glasgow||Anderston||CCG (SCOTLAND) LTD||206|
|Hamilton||Brackenhill Farm||Stewart Milne Homes||573|
|Inverkeithing||Hillend Road||Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd||295|
|Kinross||Lathro Meadows||Persimmon Homes||300|
|Perth||Muirton Park||Urban Union Ltd||203|
|Stewarton||The Pastures||Persimmon Homes||228|
|Livingston||Brucefield||Barratt Homes Scotland||223|
|Perth||Oudenarde||G S Brown Construction Ltd||1600|
|Perth||Bertha Park Farm||Springfield Properties Plc||3000|
Notes to Editors: As part of ambitious plans to make ultrafast broadband speeds available to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020, Openreach will now build an FTTP network for free to all new housing developments with 30 or more homes. This is dependent on developers registering their site with Openreach and working together early in the building process. Openreach has promised to connect new homes within nine months of contracting with a developer. Any developments with two or more homes will have access to the company’s existing or planned fibre infrastructure, either funded entirely by Openreach or, where necessary, with the help of co-funding from the developer.
For each new development, Openreach’s dedicated New Sites Reception team will work with developers to check the options for a particular site, and give a clear recommendation on the infrastructure that should be built. Once contracted, a dedicated field based coordinator will work with the developer to lead them through the plan and build process.
Find out more about the new build scheme.
Openreach is Britain’s digital network business. That means we connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world. It’s our mission to build the best possible network with the highest quality service, and make sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.
Our 30,400 people work on behalf of more than 580 communications providers like Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT. Our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, covering more than 26.8 million premises. And our technology is the basis of Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest of the G20 countries.
We’re working hard to give people the broadband speeds they need at work and at home. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11bn into our network. And we now manage more than 158 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, and from Wales to the east coast. But we’re not stopping there – we’re making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.
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In the year ending 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.
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