Openreach, the network unit of British fixed line incumbent BT Group, has announced that more than 800,000 homes and businesses in Scotland now have access to its full fibre network. To date the company claims to have invested around GBP240 million (USD292 million) in its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure across Scotland.
Looking ahead, Openreach has said that during the course of 2023 its engineers are expected to extend the reach of full fibre technology to urban areas including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow, as well as to rural parts of regions including Fife, East Lothian, Highland, Aberdeenshire and Dumfries & Galloway.
Katie Milligan, Openreach chief commercial officer and chair of its Scotland Board, said: ‘Full fibre is the best way to provide ultrafast, ultra-reliable internet to millions of Scots … Around a third of the 800,000 homes and businesses now reached by our new Scottish fibre network are rural. We’re connecting parts of the nation other networks don’t reach, bringing an economic boost and backing rural communities.’