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Stirling MSP finds out about full fibre broadband in his constituency

Bruce Crawford MSP and Brendan Dick of Openreach with engineer Alex Brunton (picture acknowledgement: Ian Jacobs)

Stirling’s MSP has met Openreach engineers who are installing what is being described as the next generation of broadband technology in his constituency.

Bruce Crawford MSP saw a full-fibre network which has been constructed directly into new homes near Raploch.

Speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second should be delivered as a result – the telecommunications company say this is over 20 times faster than the current UK average.

The MSP for Stirling also had a chance to look inside a fibre street cabinet at Castle Business Park as well as being given an update on local superfast services.

The independent website Think Broadband say nearly 90% of premises in Stirling are now able to connect to broadband at a speed of 30 megabits per second and above.

Bruce Crawford MSP said:

“Good connectivity is a prerequisite in this day and age, so spending time with engineers to hear about the evolution of digital networks and what it means for people was useful.

“The Scottish Government has been working with Openreach over the last several years to improve broadband, with nine out of ten constituency households now able to get a superfast connection.

“There is more work to do, and it’s important progress continues at pace.”

“It was interesting to hear about plans for full fibre broadband, where the fibre runs directly to people’s homes.

“While this is in the early stages, it’s great to know that some constituents can already enjoy reliable broadband capabilities which are among the best anywhere in the UK.”

Openreach say they have been working closely with the Scottish and UK Governments, local authorities and other partners since 2013 to bring fibre-based broadband to communities which didn’t get included in any upgrade plans by private companies.

Brendan Dick, who hosted the local MSP’s visit, is Openreach’s board chair in Scotland and said:

“We know good, reliable broadband is really important to local people, and we have made great progress.

“However, we also appreciate that there’s more work to be done.

“We’re glad Bruce Crawford was able to make time to come and learn about the challenges, technicalities and benefits of delivering digital technology in his constituency, and see an example of the next generation of broadband already live at Raploch.

“Every day we’re keeping local communities connected, serving people, businesses and vital public services – and we’re recruiting 14 more trainees in Stirling now to help us deliver Scotland’s fibre future.”

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