Best connected locations in Scotland revealed as ultrafast broadband build reaches one million properties

10/10/2023
Fibre specialists Graeme Farquharson (orange jacket) and Greg Morris (yellow jacket) guide narrow underground cameras through the 1980s cable TV network in Aberdeen.

OPENREACH has revealed the 20 locations with its best ultrafast broadband coverage in Scotland – and a small Fife village tops the list.

More than a million homes and businesses can now access ultrafast, full fibre broadband on the company’s Scottish digital network.

While cities are often perceived to have the best coverage, small towns dominate Openreach’s list of hotspots with the highest levels of fibre.

Lundin Links, Fife, has the highest coverage in the whole of Scotland, with more than nine out of 10 properties able to upgrade to ultrafast broadband. Tranent, on the other side of the Forth, is a fraction behind and the West Lothian village of Fauldhouse is third.

Ardrossan on the North Ayrshire coast, Aviemore in Highland and Findhorn in Moray all make the top 20. In Glasgow, the build has now passed 125,000 properties, while in Aberdeen engineers have reused the city’s old cable TV network from the 1980s to speed up the rollout.

Openreach has invested more than £300 million in Scotland’s new network so far. Just 360,000 households and businesses out of a possible million have upgraded to the faster, ultra-reliable services. 

Katie Milligan, Chair of the Openreach Scotland Board, said: “Scots use roughly 100 million Gigabytes of data on our network each week – equivalent to every single person in the country watching a full HD movie every day – and data consumption is rising every single year.

“That’s why our investment in the new fibre network is so important. Using tiny glass threads thinner than human hairs, it will meet data demands decades into the future.

“This digital upgrade is a massive deal for Scotland. Transformative connectivity helps make communities sustainable – people can stay local and take full advantage of online opportunities. 

“It’s brilliant to reach one million homes and businesses, and a huge thank you must go to our engineers and build partners who’ve helped make it happen. But we’re not stopping there…”

Work is continuing on the ground in places like Annan, Fraserburgh, Kirkcaldy and Greenock, as well as in Edinburgh, Glasgow and dozens of other cities, towns and villages.

People can visit openreach.co.uk/ultrafastfullfibre to register for updates and check their postcode to see if and when services are available from their chosen provider. 

Openreach is also working with the Scottish and UK governments, through the Reaching 100% (R100) programme and voucher schemes, to take fibre to Scotland’s most rural areas and hardest-to-reach properties.

Upgrades are currently ongoing from the shores of Loch Leven to island communities like Lismore and Jura, with R100 build due to start in places like Pitcaple in Aberdeenshire, Hillside in Angus, Ballachulish and Cromarty in Highland and Birsay in Orkney soon.

Scottish Government Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead said: “This is an important milestone in the drive to ensure more homes and businesses across Scotland benefit from full fibre broadband, improving vital connectivity.

“We are working with Openreach to roll-out future-proofed digital infrastructure to our rural towns and villages and this Reaching 100% build, alongside Openreach’s commercial network, will underpin economic growth and enhance communities across Scotland for decades to come.”

UK Government Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure Sir John Whittingdale said: “Thanks to UK government investment, thousands of rural homes, businesses and public buildings across Scotland now have access to first class broadband fit for the future. 

“Over three quarters of premises across the UK can now access these faster speeds and with more collaboration with network builders like Openreach at a local and national level, we will see even more rural towns and villages staking their claim to this next-generation connectivity.”

The Openreach network offers the widest choice of providers, such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen, which means people have lots of choice and can shop for the best deals.

You can find out more about the benefits of an upgrade to Full Fibre broadband on the Openreach website.

 Openreach’s Top 20 ultrafast broadband hotspots in Scotland:

 LocationLocal Authority Area
1Lundin LinksFife
2TranentEast Lothian
3FauldhouseWest Lothian
4KeltyFife
5South QueensferryCity of Edinburgh
6AnstrutherFife
7CorstorphineCity of Edinburgh
8WhitburnWest Lothian
9HalfwayCity of Glasgow
10DalryNorth Ayrshire
11PenicuikMidlothian
12PeeblesScottish Borders
13BroxburnWest Lothian
14ArdrossanNorth Ayrshire
15DunbarEast Lothian
16KilbirnieNorth Ayrshire
17West CalderWest Lothian
18AviemoreHighland
19FindhornMoray
20BuckieMoray

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