Selkirk catches up with faster broadband in BT roll-out

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More than 3,300 homes and businesses in Selkirk now have access to faster broadband.

The town is among the 21 communities across Scotland to benefit from the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service.

The investment makes available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT.

BT also announced that 1,900 homes and businesses in Eyemouth will be added to the faster broadband roll-out programme and upgraded later this year.

The technology is already available in Peebles and Kelso, while Innerleithen’s victory in BT’s Race to Infinity ballot meant super fast broadband was made available to the majority of the town last month.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband continues to reach more communities in the Borders. This major investment is playing a vital role in the area’s future prosperity. The technology is changing for the better the way we live and work, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And households are better able to make use of the huge range of online educational and entertainment opportunities available.

“But there is still much to be done and we want to work with the public sector to find solutions for the most challenging locations.”

Liz Cameron, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive, said: “The news that a large number of exchanges up and down the country are going live with a new, upgraded standard of service is great news for Scottish business in terms of their ability to connect with markets and customers.”