The roll-out of fibre broadband to homes and businesses around the country will reach 95% by the end of 2017, when combined with existing commercial roll-out plans. This follows an investment of more than £410 million in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.
The DSSB programme will bring faster internet speeds and increased access to premises in Scotland as it builds on existing infrastructure to access areas currently not covered by commercial plans.
Thanks to strong take up figures, thousands more premises throughout Scotland are set to benefit by the end of 2018 with an additional £17.9 million reinvested back into the DSSB programme.
Increased bookings from new business trade
Inchture Hotel, a family owned country hotel, set four miles from Dundee has seen trade grow following their upgrade to fibre broadband. Owned by husband and wife team Stef and Jack Kelly-Barton since 1999, the hotel is now entering an exciting new phase in its development, thanks to superfast broadband. The hotel has a superb position by the main road connecting Dundee to Perth. Now they can offer superfast WiFi, they can fully capitalise on the convenient location and target business and conference trade that would otherwise remain in the city.
WiFi a must
“For businesses looking to hold meetings or conferences, the availability of superfast WiFi is a must,” says Stef. “Without it, I am sure we must have lost out on some bookings in the past. Since we installed fibre broadband in Spring 2016, our bookings have soared.”