Edinburgh nets better broadband

Edinburgh's Economy Convener Councillor Gavin Barrie was shown how to splice fibre optic cable today on a visit to Ferry Gait Drive.

He joined Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, to visit the latest fibre optic cabinet to be installed in Edinburgh. Located in the North of the city, it is one of 2,480 new street cabinets across Scotland that have been built thanks to a £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

In Edinburgh, 55 cabinets across the capital have been enabled covering 89% of the city thanks to the programme with more to follow in the coming months. The project underpins the Scottish Government’s commitment for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener for Economy with the City of Edinburgh Council said: “Having this infrastructure in place will provide a great boost to our business community and act as a major draw for future inward investment. Firms can look forward to benefiting from much faster speeds which will allow them to operate more efficiently, work in new ways and exploit new business opportunities.

“Residents will be able to access the same level of superfast service - something which will be warmly welcomed when you consider average households have seven gadgets and devices connected to their internet at any one time.

“With 89 per cent of the capital now connected, thousands of homes and businesses will notice a real difference to the quality of their connections if they subscribe to the new services. Find out whether your area is ready and how to take advantage of the roll-out at the Scotland Superfast website.”  

Gavin Barrie joins Keith Brown MSP to mark broadband milestone

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