Ultrafast broadband network piloted in Edinburgh

Published: 28 August 2017

A new ultrafast broadband network is being piloted in areas of Edinburgh by the telecoms infrastructure business, Openreach. Robert Thorburn, Openreach commercial director Scotland, explains more...

Who is Openreach, what do you do?

Openreach is the UK’s leading digital infrastructure provider. Our 32,000 employees build and maintain millions of miles of fibre and copper cables that connect every UK home and business to local telephone exchanges. This network delivers a range of wholesale services for more than 580 retail providers, who in turn provide telephony, broadband, TV and data services to more than 30 million consumer and business customers.

We’ve initially made G.fast available in pilot areas to help us test, improve and prepare for our national roll out. Around 16,900 households and businesses in parts of Edinburgh are among the first to benefit.

Robert Thorburn, commercial director Scotland, Openreach

 

We’ve invested £11bn in our network over the last decade and we’re currently building the UK’s largest fibre broadband footprint. This technology is available to more than two million homes and businesses in Scotland, with hundreds more gaining access each week. 

Openreach have initially made G.fast available in parts of Edinburgh to test, improve and prepare for a national roll out.

What is ultrafast broadband, why is it important?

‘Ultrafast’ broadband refers to anything above 100 megabits per second (Mbps), and our latest service, known as G.fast, provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than 10 times the UK average. G.fast builds on our existing network, meaning we can make it available to more people more quickly.

We’re also delivering ultrafast broadband using Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology – particularly in rural areas, new housing developments and business parks. Fast internet access has become a crucial part of our personal and professional lives, and ultrafast speeds will allow even the busiest families to do anything they want to do online. 

What project is under way?

We’ve initially made G.fast available in pilot areas to help us test, improve and prepare for our national roll out. Around 16,900 households and businesses in parts of Sighthill, Gorgie, Corstorphine, Murrayfield, Fountainbridge, Craiglockhart, the Meadows and Morningside in Edinburgh, as well as some parts of Glasgow, are among the first to benefit. People living in these areas who want to try the new service should contact their internet service provider to find out more.  

Openreach is the UK’s leading digital infrastructure provider with around 32,000 employees.

What difference will this make?

We want to stay ahead of the evolving needs of customers and the ever-growing demand for bandwidth. Ultrafast broadband means a two hour HD film can be downloaded in just 90 seconds, a 45 minute HD TV show in just 16 seconds and a nine hour audio book in just three seconds.

We’re aiming to make ultrafast broadband available to 12 million UK homes by the end of 2020, using both G.Fast and FTTP, and these pilots are the first step in our latest investment plans for Scotland.

 

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