More than 1,100 properties in Dumfries and Galloway will soon be able to take advantage of high speed broadband services as the latest phase of a project gets underway.
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will provide residential and business broadband to more rural areas of the region. More than 455,000 properties in Scotland can already access superfast broadband as a result of the partnership and some of the smaller towns and villages are now being reached; for example, areas such as New Luce and Glenluce are getting the faster services for the first time.
It is expected that this phase of the project will go live early next year and the Openreach engineers are currently putting the infrastructure in place. Work will be carried out on the ‘exchange only’ lines, which run from the exchange directly to businesses and residential properties and do not go via the road-side cabinets that are essential for the provision of fibre services.
The existing infrastructure will be rearranged and hundreds of metres of cable will be laid to reroute the lines through the new cabinets. Fibre services offer both faster download speeds and upload speeds. Once the services are available, both residential customers and business customers can contact their service provider to be connected.
The programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, Sara Budge, has welcomed the news that the project is continuing to be a success.