Fibre broadband swings into St Andrews

Digital Scotland Community Officer Brenda Conway with Jim Gale from the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.
Digital Scotland Community Officer Brenda Conway with Jim Gale from the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.
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More than 6100 homes and businesses in St Andrews can now get connected to fibre broadband – thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Denizens of the town were able to hear more about the new service at a special drop-in event this week.

Members from the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, Fife Council, Digital Fife and Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband attended the event to welcome broadband to the area and representatives from the Digital Scotland team were on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.

The event is part of the one year anniversary since the first fibre cabinet went live. Since then, 3400km of fibre cable has been laid and more than 900 cabinets been installed.

Now more than premises 275,000 across Scotland can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

The new infrastructure means multiple users in a home or business can access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before – opening a variety of different opportunities.

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, 85 per cent of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015-16 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017-18.

To take advantage of the higher speeds, contact service providers or go to www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen