Scotland

High-speed broadband promised in extra 360,000 premises

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High-speed broadband is to be installed in an additional 360,000 homes and businesses across Scotland by the end of 2019, Virgin Media has announced.

The plans will see fibre optic broadband delivered to both urban and rural areas.

A total of 125,000 premises in areas including Kilmarnock, Ayr, Prestwick, Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing will benefit.

Virgin Media said it was part of its £3bn "Project Lightning" UK expansion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said: "The Scottish government has put digital connectivity at the heart of its agenda, recognising that broadband is vital to the sustainability of our economy and communities."

"That is why we have made the commitment to ensure that 100% of premises across Scotland will have access to superfast broadband by 2021."

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