World class connectivity

World class connectivity for Scotland

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, the Scottish Government and its partners are busy installing the infrastructure required to bring faster internet speeds across Scotland, in areas which weren’t going to be included in the private sector’s commercial plans. £410 million is being invested in the DSSB programme by the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), BT, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

The DSSB roll-out consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area and the other covering the rest of Scotland enabling faster internet speeds to as many people as possible with the funding available. This is a challenging engineering project, in fact, it’s the most ambitious fibre infrastructure project yet undertaken in Europe. Why fibre broadband? Broadband is a way of connecting to the internet. Fibre broadband differs from basic broadband in that it’s much faster in terms of the data it can transfer so, if your home or business is connected to fibre broadband, it’s much easier to perform tasks that involve a lot of data – like transferring large files or downloading a film.

The faster upload and download speeds fibre broadband brings is improving the quality of online experiences for home & business. At home everyone can be online at the same time without the quality being compromised, which is especially important if people want to run a business or work from home. You’ll need to contact your service provider to switch To receive these benefits you will need to contact your internet service provider to switch to fibre broadband.. High speed fibre broadband connection is very affordable, sometimes the cost can be even less than a standard broadband connection. Around 707,000 premises across Scotland can now connect to fibre broadband as a direct result of the Digital Scotland roll-out, with more to follow.

Key points to note:
• Due to the scale and complexity of the task at hand, it’s not possible to connect all areas at once.
• Both the current commercial and DSSB roll-outs won’t be complete until the end of March 2018.
• To find out where and when fibre broadband will roll-out in your area.
• You’ll need to contact your service provider to switch to fibre broadband.
• Those who can’t be reached in the current roll-outs haven’t been forgotten. Beyond the current programme, the Scottish Government has made the commitment of delivering 100% superfast broadband across Scotland by 2021.‎
• In the interim, some residents may be eligible for a subsidised basic broadband installation; this is in effect a scheme to provide a better broadband connection for those on the lowest speeds ahead of any future public investment in superfast broadband.
• Some areas may also be eligible for a Community Broadband Scotland scheme; this scheme is aimed specifically at communities who wish to improve broadband as a collective ahead of or in place of future public investment. CBS is there to help communities in this situation.


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