Category: Midlothian

Reference Library – Scotland – Midlothian Broadband

Connecting Midlothian to a faster digital age 0

Connecting Midlothian to a faster digital age

Thousands more Midlothian households and businesses are now able to connect to high-speed fibre, thanks to the £428m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out. More premises in places such as Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Gorebridge are among the most recent to be reached. Many of the latest connections to be upgraded were previously ‘Exchange Only’ (EO) lines, a historic legacy of the copper network once thought to be out of the reach of high-speed fibre services.

Such lines run directly from the exchange to homes and business premises, bypassing the usual roadside cabinets which are a vital part of the fibre roll-out. Engineers worked out an innovative way to integrate these lines into the fibre network, laying hundreds of metres of new cables to reroute lines through extra roadside cabinets. Now more than 750,000 premises across the country can connect to their fastest-
ever broadband speeds through the roll-out, with around 77,000 premises reached in the last six months.

Local people need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic. Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections at speeds of up to 80Mbps and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from. Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing said: “More than 90 per cent of Scotland now has fibre broadband available, thanks to both the programme and commercial coverage.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is progressing further and we are extending coverage in communities such as Loanhead and Temple. “The Scottish Government is committed to delivering 100 per cent superfast broadband access across Scotland by 2021 and plans are currently being developed to ensure that this is the case.

During the summer months our existing programme will continue to advance across the country, bringing high speed broadband to new rural communities.” Robert Thorburn, BT Scotland’s Fibre Broadband Director, said: “The Digital Scotland fibre roll-out has continued to make good progress over the last six months.

Thanks to engineering innovation, thousands of people on lines once thought to be incapable of carrying a superfast service are now able to upgrade to higher speeds.”

About 9000 new Scottish homes next in line for FTTP 0

About 9000 new Scottish homes next in line for FTTP

About 9,000 homes being built in Scotland will get Openreach’s FTTP broadband service, ISPreview reported.

The homes are getting constructed in Rosewell, Midlothian, Johnstone, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Lossiemouth, Edinburgh, East Calder, East Kilbride, Bonnyrigg, Inverness, Kintore and Chapelton.  The deployment is part of the operator’s goal of reaching 2 million UK premises by 2020 and also fits in with Openreach’s agreement with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Homes for Scotland.

Under the deal, FTTP will be rolled out for free to all new UK housing developments of 30 properties or more.

Lightning speed broadband hits the county 0

Lightning speed broadband hits the county

Virgin Media has announced that homes and businesses in Midlothian will be next to benefit from an ultrafast broadband boost. As part of its Project Lightning expansion, Virgin Media plans to extend its fibre optic network to 10,000 homes and businesses in Midlothian over the next two and a half years. Work began in Loanhead on Monday and is expected to be completed across the county before the end of 2018.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP), welcomed the news, he said: “Broadband is crucial for the future prosperity of Midlothian – helping pupils with homework, supporting businesses and helping reduce social isolation by making it easier for people to communicate online. “I know from the huge volumes of correspondence from constituents that this will be welcomed by residents and businesses across Midlothian.” Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP) was also delighted, she said: “This is great news for Midlothian, with Virgin Media’s network plans offering ultrafast broadband to local residents and businesses who will have access to the numerous benefits that high speed broadband offers for commerce, leisure, and communities.” Martin McFadyen, Regional Director for Scotland at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our network to thousands more homes.

Residents will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity and top-notch TV they deserve. “We urge residents to come together and register their interest – your street could be next.” This follows the recent announcement from Virgin Media to connect an additional 360,000 homes and businesses in Scotland to its fibre optic network by the end of 2019,