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Proud to be a vital part of Scotland’s digital DNA

12 Sep 2019

“We’ve proven that we can handle the toughest terrain Scotland has, including deploying 400kms worth of subsea cables to reach island communities.”

Openreach reaches every part of Scotland no matter where you live. I’m proud that we’ve been here for over 100 years and we’re here for the long-term. We have a solid track record of fibre network delivery right across the country, reaching more than 2.6m Scottish homes and business premises already. With the work we’re doing with the Scottish Government and other organisations, 97% of Scottish premises can now connect to fibre broadband. 

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"We don’t just build in cities. We’re the only organisation truly tackling the delivery of fibre network in urban and rural areas."

Connecting remote locations

We’ve proven that we can handle the toughest terrain Scotland has, including deploying 400kms worth of subsea cables to reach our island communities. Because we know how important fibre is for small and very remote communities. Our open network is available to more than 620 communication providers, giving the people of Scotland a huge choice of services and pricing.

Community minded

We care about the prosperity of Scotland. We’ll work with any local community to co-fund a fibre build through our Community Fibre Partnership programme. Around 60 Scottish communities are currently working with us, with services live in 46 communities and build ongoing in the rest.

Major employer in Scotland

Our engineers have been living and working in Scottish communities from the Borders to Shetland for decades. We’re a solid engineering company that builds complex network. And when we need extra hands in Scotland, 90 percent of the contractors we use are local.

We’re a major employer in Scotland, with a workforce of 3,200 people and we’ve hired 400 trainees last year and another 220 this year. We’ve invested more than £500,000 in our training centres in Livingston and Dundee this year to make sure our people are ready to deliver a full fibre future for Scotland.

A truly national network

We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver our open access network so people in Scotland can receive the same, reliable connectivity from their choice of broadband provider anywhere in the country. We want to connect all of Scotland’s communities to the national digital network.

But don’t just take my word for it. You can hear what it means to the people who matter – the people of Scotland doing great things with fast, reliable broadband – in the video above.

To find out more about fibre broadband, visit www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband.

 

Andy Hepburn

Director of Major Programmes Scotland