Improved broadband to be rolled out in Midlothian

Hundreds more homes and businesses in Midlothian are set to benefit from the arrival of high-speed fibre broadband – in the latest phase of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The next stage of the £410 million project is set to pass 73,000 more homes and businesses nationwide as the Scottish rollout moves past the half way mark.

Ford and parts of West Linton will benefit from the project for the first time, while the existing fibre network will be extended in Dalkeith, Gorebridge, Loanhead and Penicuik. The rollout is expected to reach another 6,600 premises in Midlothian.

The first connections are due to go live by the end of this year, as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, continue work on the ground.

The Digital Scotland rollout has passed more than 394,000 premises since last year.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “It is fantastic news that a further 73,000 homes and businesses will be able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. Every day we are continuing to build on our digital infrastructure – supporting the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver first-rate connectivity in Scotland by 2020, ensuring we are a world class digital nation.”

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said: “Coupled with our commercial upgrades it means more than 1.7 million Scottish homes and businesses can now choose to connect with much higher speeds.”

Check the Digital Scotland website to find out if you can get the service.