BT has revealed that the number of homes and businesses in Scotland able to access superfast broadband has passed the one million milestone, with 400,000 more premises expected to benefit by the time commercial deployment has ended.
It is part of the telecoms giant's £2.5 billion UK-wide fibre roll-out, which aims to make 80Mb Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) services available to 19 million premises by the end of spring this year.
According to BT, the one million premises north of the border that are now able to access superfast broadband include 330,000 in Glasgow and the West, 190,000 in Edinburgh and the Lothians, 120,000 in the South of Scotland, 100,000 in Aberdeen and the North-East, and 93,000 in Tayside and Fife.
This roll-out is separate to Scotland’s part in the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme, which is investing £400 million (£126 million from BT) in making BT’s FTTC/P network available to 85 per cent of local premises by the end of next year and and 95 per cent of homes and businesses by late 2017.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director, commented: "Fibre investment in Scotland is not just about kilometres of cable in the ground, but about our economic and social capabilities as a country. Today marks a high point in Scotland’s development as one of Europe’s leading nations for high-speed communications."