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Glaswegians among first in UK to enjoy new ultrafast broadband

Glasgow City Council1 leader, Councillor Susan Aitken, has welcomed news that thousands of Glaswegians are among the first in the UK to benefit from a new ultrafast broadband network. The new ultrafast services have already gone live in more than 9,000 thousand homes and businesses in parts of Langside, Linn and Rutherglen and, as part of a visit to Langside telephone exchange, Ms Aitken met with a number of engineers who are building the new broadband infrastructure in the city.

Parts of the city centre and Bridgeton will also benefit later in the year as part of a UK pilot from Openreach2.

Download speeds of up to 330 megabits per second (Mbps) – about ten times the UK average – will be available to thousands of homes and businesses in the pilot areas.

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People using it will be able to download a two hour HD film in just 90 seconds, a 45 minute HD TV show in just 16 seconds, and a nine hour audio book in just three seconds.

Ms Aitken said: “High-speed broadband has an essential role to play in everyone’s lives – whether at home or in business. It’s great news that thousands of local people in Glasgow are among the first in the UK to be able to upgrade to a new technology which offers ultrafast speeds.

“As demand for faster broadband speeds increases, I was pleased to be able to see how the latest technology will meet people’s needs. The arrival of ultrafast broadband means local people and firms can do more online, more quickly and on multiple devices and there’s lots of evidence to show it boosts the local economy. I want Glasgow to be the leading digital city in Scotland and this investment from Openreach will support that.

“I know many of my constituents in Langside will welcome the benefits the faster speeds will bring, especially to businesses and home workers. I look forward to seeing more ultrafast broadband being rolled out by Openreach across the rest of the city.”

Glaswegians Among First In UK To Enjoy New Ultrafast Broadband

David Nixon, Openreach senior fibre delivery manager in Scotland, said: “My team are excited to be part of this work in Glasgow to pilot the latest technology. We already have the first Glaswegians benefiting from our ultrafast speeds with G.fast, and our engineers are continuing to install more of this new technology across the city.

“Developing the technology of the future is a key part of Openreach’s work.

Around nine out of ten homes and businesses already have access to superfast speeds in Glasgow over the Openreach network, with a choice of around 580 Service Providers.

Faster speeds are more important than ever, and we’re sure our new ultrafast network will play an important part in the future success of Glasgow.”

You can find out more about G.fast by visiting the Openreach website3.

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Virgin Media ultrafast broadband boost for 50,000 Northern Ireland …

Homes and businesses across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from ultrafast broadband after a ?3billion investment from Virgin Media. As it kicks off its Project Lightning expansion in Northern Ireland, Virgin Media plans to extend its ultrafast network to up to 50,000 properties in 2017. This has the potential to transform the quality of broadband in Northern Ireland, where average download speeds are just 23.8Mbps.

Work has already begun in communities including Ballykelly, Bangor, Limavady, Newtownards, Strabane and Artigarvan with customers benefitting from ultrafast speeds. Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, said : “Families and businesses – from Bangor to Ballykelly- will soon benefit from ultrafast broadband 12 times faster than the average speed available today.

“Virgin Media stands ready to invest in Northern Ireland, without subsidy from Stormont, London or Brussels. But, like any major infrastructure investment, we need support from local authorities and Government to cut through red-tape so we can connect more homes and businesses more quickly.”

Those who wish to take Virgin Fibre’s internet services will be connected to ultrafast broadband with entry level download speeds of 100Mbps, reaching up to 300Mbps for residents and download speeds of 350Mbps for small businesses.

This means that speeds on Virgin Fibre’s lowest tier are over four times as fast as average speeds in Northern Ireland.