Openreach starts ultrafast broadband build in Bishopbriggs

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Openreach is starting work to build a new ultrafast broadband network for Bishopbriggs – giving residents and businesses access to some of the fastest, most reliable broadband anywhere in the UK.

The once-in-a-generation, full fibre broadband upgrade will let thousands of local people and businesses connect multiple devices at gigabit-capable speeds and help businesses to trade online and compete for decades to come.

The Bishopbriggs build will reach the majority of local homes and businesses in the town – adding to the 15,000 throughout East Dunbartonshire that can already upgrade to the new Openreach network.

Meanwhile, Openreach is bringing ultrafast broadband to some of the local authority area’s most rural communities through the Scottish Government’s Reaching 100% (R100) programme, including Lennoxtown and Balmore.

Full fibre broadband provides more reliable, resilient and future-proof connectivity; with fewer faults; more predictable, consistent speeds; enough capacity to easily meet growing data demands.

Local people can visit the Openreach website for updates and, as the build progresses, check their addresses to see when services are available from their chosen provider.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, said: “We’re excited to bring ultrafast broadband to Bishopbriggs, where our build partner Circet is helping to deliver on the ground, and we want to let local people know what to expect.

“This is a major infrastructure upgrade, so there will be more engineering teams, equipment and vans around town, and we're working closely with East Dunbartonshire Council to keep disruption to a minimum.

“Wherever possible, we’ll use our existing network of ducts and poles to avoid roadworks, new street furniture and disturbance. But there may be places where we need to install new poles, underground ducts and fibre cables because it’s the only way to make sure households get included in the upgrade.

He added: “We are also committed to bringing full fibre to rural communities in East Dunbartonshire, making sure that people in even the most isolated areas can enjoy the benefits of ultrafast broadband.”

Alan O’Prey, UK CEO at Circet, added: “We are delighted to be working with Openreach to bring ultrafast broadband to people and businesses in Bishopbriggs. Our local teams will be working hard to ensure there is as little disturbance as possible, and we would like to thank the community for their patience and support while we deliver an ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband network.’’

Openreach’s new ultrafast full fibre network in Scotland now reaches more than 850,000 properties, and the company plans to roll out the new technology to 25 million homes. You can find out more about the benefits of an upgrade to full fibre broadband on the Openreach website.