Borders towns set to speed up

Broadband users in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Peebles, Selkirk and Hawick are in line to gain access to the fastest speeds in Europe.

By Kevin Janiak
Thursday, 30th July 2020, 1:46 pm
An Openreach engineer works on a full fibre pole.
An Openreach engineer works on a full fibre pole.

This week, Openreach announced the plans to bring ultra-reliable and gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to these Borders towns as part of a £12billion investment to get the fastest broadband to rural communities in a bid to underpin the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

Work is expected to get under way in many of the named locations within the next 12-18 months, although, due to the size of the build, some places will see work continue into 2024.

The Scottish Government’s connectivity minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This rollout of gigabit-capable full fibre broadband access enabled by Openreach to these more rural areas is welcomed.”