Broadband boost in Cumbernauld

More homes and businesses in Cumbernauld will benefit from high-speed fibre broadband.

BT announced a further expansion of technology to another 1000 homes and businesses in the town.

It’s part of an extra investment in communities which are already included in the company’s £2.5 billion commercial roll-out of fibre broadband.

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Openreach, BT’s local network business, will carry out the work between now and the end of Spring 2014, subject to planning and technical constraints.

Cumbernauld has already been upgraded for fibre broadband, and more than 18,800 local households and businesses now have access to the technology.

BT expects this to be the final announcement expanding the coverage of its commercial programme.

Future announcements will focus on areas where fibre coverage is to be expanded even further via partnerships with the public sector and local communities.

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This expansion will boost the total number of premises with access to fibre broadband in North Lanarkshire to around 104,400 by the end of the commercial roll-out.

BT is also working with the public sector to reach more Scottish communities.

It is a partner in multi-million pound partnerships with the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Broadband Delivery UK, local authorities and others, to help extend fibre broadband to 85 per cent of Scottish premises by the end of 2015 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017.