Ultrafast broadband set for Capital

Ultrafast broadband is to be installed across Capital. Picture; contributed
Ultrafast broadband is to be installed across Capital. Picture; contributed
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38,000 homes and businesses across the Capital are to benefit from ultrafast broadband as part of ongoing work by Virgin Media.

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Ultrafast broadband will be installed across Edinburgh and the Lothians by the end of next year as part of the firm’s £3 billion Project Lightning network expansion to build on the one million premises already connected to its fibre optic network in Scotland.

The latest installation of ultrafast broadband comes as part of the firm’s aim to install such connections to over 360,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2019.

Rural economy and connectivity secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The quality of digital connectivity affects our lives in a way that we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago.

“Having reliable broadband and mobile services is now, rightly, seen as part of essential, everyday infrastructure: that’s why we’re committed to making superfast broadband available to every home and business by 2021.

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“The market has a key role and responsibility to play, by investing fully in commercial areas and supporting our efforts to connect the hardest-to-reach parts of Scotland.’’
Martin McFadyen, regional director for Scotland at Virgin Media, said: ``We’re delighted to be expanding our network to thousands more homes and businesses to help to make Edinburgh a world-class digital city.’’