Extra broadband boost for Bute

Rothesay is in line for an additional upgrade as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Rothesay is in line for an additional upgrade as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Homes and businesses on Bute are set to receive a further boost from the roll-out of superfast broadband across rural Scotland.

The Rothesay telephone exchange is in line for an ‘infill’ upgrade as part of the installation of high-speed fibre broadband later this year.

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement in February that superfast services would be available from the Rothesay exchange to some 3,500 premises this summer - rather than in 2016 as first predicted - BT Scotland now says further infrastructure will be built to accommodate around five hundred ‘exchange only’ lines, running directly between the exchange and homes and businesses rather than via roadside cabinets.

The Rothesay improvements are part of an upgrade package announced on Monday which will see up to 145,000 more homes and businesses across Scotland able to benefit from the arrival of high-speed fibre services.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “In any project on this scale plans can change as engineering work progresses, for a variety of reasons. It’s important people understand that our plans aren’t set in stone but give the best possible forward view of where we expect to go next with the rollout.

“The website at www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen is updated frequently and is an excellent source of information as people can check the latest details based on their own postcodes. I’d also encourage people to register online for updates when there’s news for their postcode area, such as when fibre broadband becomes available.”