Homes and businesses net faster connection

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Around 69,500 more homes and businesses in 14 Scottish communities now have access to faster broadband, BT has announced.

They’re the latest places in the country to benefit from the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The communities include Penicuik, Midlothian, where the BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second – more than double the speed previously available from BT.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is an important step forward for Scotland.

“In these challenging economic times, faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive, find new customers and work more flexibly as well as greatly improving the online services available to families, homeworkers and other internet users.

“By the summer, around 72 per cent of Scotland’s homes and businesses – equivalent to more than 1.5 million premises – will be served by an exchange that has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds.”