It is estimated that around 1,000 properties in the Borders region will soon be able to take advantage of superfast broadband.
This provision of residential and business broadband is the latest phase of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project. The scheme has already provided services to more than 450,000 premises and there has also been commercial provision from the private sector.
The rural areas that are now being reached include Broughton, Skirling, Roxburgh and Reston. The new connections are expected to be live early next year and engineering work by BT’s Openreach business is continuing. Local companies that already have access to faster business broadband have said that this has made a great deal of difference to the way in which they work.
The upgrades will be available after work has been completed on the current exchange-only lines. Additional cables will be laid to take the cables to the essential roadside cabinets, with the new services bringing faster download and upload speeds.
The programme director for the Digital Scotland project, Sara Budge, said it is great news that small communities are starting to reap the benefits of the project. There are two sections to the Digital Scotland project: one is run by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the other covers the rest of the country.
Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said that the rest of the project is going to be challenging as the work moves into areas that are very remote.