98.6% of Fife to have BT superfast broadband by December 2018

98.6% of Fife to have BT superfast broadband by December 2018

Fife is to see more superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses thanks to the early success of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, Derek Mackay MSP, announced this week that strong take up figures mean that an additional £15.6m is being re-invested back into the programme.

Work is already under way and will be complete by December 2018 – it will mean that 98.6% of Fife will have access to fibre broadband by this time.

The Digital Scotland rollout consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area and the other covering the rest of Scotland.

Mr Mackay said: “Thanks to the success of the DSSB programme, I am delighted that more premises than originally planned in Fife will now have the opportunity to benefit from reliable broadband.”

“We are already looking at how we reach further and ultimately ensure that we can get superfast speeds to all.

“This will include areas not yet reached, as well as those who are part of the network already but currently too far from the current cabinets to have achieved superfast speeds.”

The current programme will deliver access to fibre broadband to around 95% of premises by the end of December 2017.

It underpins the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020 and the commitment that 100% of premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2021.

BT has already invested £126m in the partnership on top of its commercial investments in Scotland.

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