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Fibre-optic cables 'reach 1.5 million Scottish premises' - Network Cables

The rollout of fibre cables in Scotland means more than 1.5 million homes and businesses can now take advantage of super-fast connectivity, it has been claimed.

Telecoms giant BT has reported the latest milestone, which has been achieved through a combination of its own commercial rollout and the public-funded Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership.

The Scottish and UK governments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund have provided finance to extend the reach of next-generation networks across Scotland.

This is in a bid to improve access to high-bandwidth digital technologies in remote parts of the country, and narrow the urban-rural connectivity divide.

According to BT, engineers from Openreach, the group's local network business, have laid 4,500km of fibre-optic cable around Scotland.

They have also installed 4,700 roadside green cabinets to date, ensuring homes and businesses can download and upload data at a faster rate.

The rollout of fibre cables is continuing in Scotland, with the initial target being 85 per cent coverage by the end of 2015-16.

The Scottish government wants 95 per cent of homes and businesses to have access to next-generation network infrastructure by 2017-18.

John Swinney, the Scottish Government’s deputy first minister, explained that the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is "still in its early stages".

But without it, thousands of Scottish homes and businesses would be reliant on legacy network technologies, which offer slower speeds, he noted.

"It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish Government’s aim to deliver world-class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect anytime, anyplace, anywhere using any device," he stated.

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick claimed his firm has been "a driving force" in transforming Scotland’s broadband landscape, by rolling out fibre cables in many new areas.

He explained that Openreach engineers passed another 10,000 households with fibre technology every week last year.

"We’ve recruited hundreds of extra engineers and invested hundreds of millions of pounds through our own commercial fibre broadband programme and the Digital Scotland partnership," Mr Dick explained.

"It’s vital that people embrace the digital revolution and make the most of the new infrastructure."

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