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Scottish communities set for fibre-optic cables boost - Network Cables

The rollout of fibre-optic cables in Scotland will enable thousands more households and businesses to sign up for super-fast broadband.

BT has unveiled the next 200 communities set to receive a network infrastructure upgrade under the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Around 145,000 homes and businesses stand to benefit as Openreach engineers deploy next-generation cabling around Scotland, primarily in rural parts of the country.

Upgrades are to be made across the board, taking in Aberdeenshire, Argus, Argyll and Bute, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, the Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, the Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said the rollout of fibre across Scotland is "one of the biggest and most complex civil engineering projects taking place in the UK today".

He claimed that BT is "proud" to be at the heart of the rollout programme, and to announce upgrades for so many new locations.

"In any project on this scale plans can change as engineering work progresses, for a variety of reasons," Mr Dick stated.

"It’s important people understand that our plans aren’t set in stone but give the best possible forward view of where we expect to go next with the rollout."

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said the project is developing a high-speed fibre network which is changing the face of broadband.

"By reaching out to those who would not have been covered through the commercial market - in towns and into some of our most rural areas - we are ensuring that the connections which are made will bring many benefits to the Scottish people at home and in business," she added.

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