Fife businesses can access superfast broadband

It has been revealed that more than 25,000 properties in the Fife region have benefited from the latest stage of the superfast broadband roll-out.

Residential and business broadband is being rolled out as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. This programme started its roll-out in the Fife area last year and coverage has been increased in the area by 13% as a result. The aim of the programme is to provide the necessary infrastructure for faster residential and business broadband not covered by the standard commercial plans of the private sector.

The faster broadband means that residential and business users can access the internet much more quickly, download and upload large files, and stream video much more easily. In 2014 just 69% of properties in Fife had access to fibre broadband services; now, coverage has hit 82%.

Fife Council has to date invested £2.8m in the programme and it is hoped that by the end of 2017 the coverage in the region will be more than 98%, including the coverage offered by the private sector. Towns covered by the latest phase of the roll-out include St Andrews, Cupar and Glenrothes.

The deputy leader of Fife Council, Lesley Laird, welcomed the news that the programme is making such good progress; meanwhile, the programme director for the Digital Scotland, Sara Budge, said that there is still more to come from the programme and that residents and businesses will be kept informed as the roll-out continues.