LISTEN: Sara Budge explains why fast internet connection is essential and how you can find out if your house or business connects
Across Perth and Kinross more than 44,200 homes and business can now connect to fibre broadband as a result of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.
Pitlochry, Strathtay, Almondbank and Bridge of Earn now join Scotland’s 950,000 businesses and homes connected as part of the £463 million project.
Sara Budge, DSSB Programme Director, said: “More and more people have now signed up or are able to sign up to fibre broadband thanks to the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, and it is particularly pleasing to see more coverage in rural areas and rural market towns such as Pitlochry and Strathtay.”
Locals can now check to see if their own offices, shops and homes can connect to the new lines by checking their address on: https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/how-can-i-get-it/check-my-address
Sara Budge adds: “Due to COVID-19 the way we work and live our lives has changed dramatically. The difference that having fibre broadband can make if you are working from home is remarkable. I’d urge everyone to take advantage of the faster speeds now available.”
According to the DSSB ‘more than 67 per cent of properties reached by the programme have now switched to faster fibre broadband.’
This could level the playing field between small and big businesses says Sara Budge who added: “For small businesses, it means they can compete on the same level as large organisation.”
“So, it means they can sell their products globally, have greatly enhanced marketing of their services, get resource and expertise wherever they need it and it brings a lot of cost efficacies in the design and structure of their businesses.”
In total, 16,730km of cable has been laid as a result, including 400km of sub-sea cable, which delivers speeds of up to 80Mbps.
Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, said: “In a turbulent year where so much has seemed uncertain, people in places like Almondbank and Bridge of Earn will greatly welcome their new, fast, reliable connections.
“The latest households to benefit are taking a big leap forward with full-fibre technology, which is designed to last for decades to come. We’ve made great progress as a digital nation – and that will continue as our engineers gear up for the next stage of the journey.”