Children at Barr Primary School get ready for the rollout
More premises across South Ayrshire can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £428 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.
To celebrate, the Digital Scotland team was joined today by pupils from Barr Primary School. Barr is one of the many South Ayrshire villages to benefit from the rollout.
Thanks to the programme, more than 16,700 premises across South Ayrshire are able to connect to the Digital Scotland network, which has now reached Barr and Barrhill for the first time, with more coverage being rolled out in Alloway.
Work is ongoing, with Openreach engineers continuing work on the ground into 2019. Across Scotland, nearly 920,000 premises are now able to connect to fibre broadband through the programme.
Some of the latest local properties passed – including several in the Ayr exchange area – can now connect to the most reliable and fastest residential broadband available as engineers build more Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to help harder-to-reach homes join the digital revolution.
FTTP is capable of delivering the fastest residential broadband speeds in the UK – up to 1Gbps* – about 23 times faster than the current UK average of 46Mbps.
Local people need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.
Delivered through two projects – led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in its area and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland – funding partners include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), BT Group, local authorities and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund.
Whether you own a business, work from home or want to keep in touch with friends and family, fibre broadband enables multiple users to connect to the internet at high speeds. Most of the Digital Scotland deployment uses Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology, at speeds of up to 80Mbps*.
Crucially, thanks to additional investment as a result of innovation and new funding generated by stronger than expected take-up, the programme will deliver new DSSB deployment in every local authority area during 2018 and into 2019, complementing ongoing commercial build across Scotland.
Councillor Brian McGinley, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This is a real boost for residents and business in Barr and Barrhill. It's great that more of our villages have access to Superfast Broadband which is vital if we're to grow our rural economy. The difference that Superfast Broadband can make is remarkable and it can easily cope with business or home access through tablets, phones or computers all at the same time."
Sara Budge, Programme Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: "It's fantastic news that the programme has been able to benefit residents and businesses in and around Barr.
"I would like to thank Barr Primary School for joining us to celebrate fibre broadband availability in the area and I am glad to see that it has been able to benefit the local community."
Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, said: "The Digital Scotland project and our hard-working engineers have delivered more coverage across the country at faster speeds than expected.
"The latest upgrades in South Ayrshire include more deployment of future-proof, ultrafast FTTP, which we're increasingly using in areas where it's the best technical solution.
"We're proud to be a partner in helping South Ayrshire communities to reach their digital potential. We know there's more to be done, and we're committed to doing all we can with partners to bring better broadband to everyone."