BT Openreach has passed 1.5 million premises with its superfast broadband services in Scotland.
The figure is made up of 1.3 million properties passed by BT’s own commercial rollout in the region, and 200,000 covered by rollouts under the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.
BT said that Openreach engineers have laid 4,500km of fibre and installed 4,700 roadside cabinets from which services are then run into premises.
This has seen remote areas such as the Outer Hebrides provided with services, which may otherwise have been left out owing to the commercial difficulties of taking services to such locations.
This includes BT rolling out 250km of undersea fibre cables between some of the remotest islands in the north of Scotland.
Meanwhile, BT's commercial rollout has brought services to 173,000 premises in Glasgow, 152,000 in Edinburgh, 98,000 in Aberdeen, 56,000 in Dundee and 26,000 in Inverness.
John Swinney, the Scottish government’s deputy first minister, described the figure as great news for Scotland and vital for the region's economic future.
“The scale of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn’t be underestimated and this announcement shows how hard engineers are working," he said.
“It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish government’s aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said that BT passed 10,000 premises every week during 2014, underlying the intense activity taking place in the country.
BT’s aim is to have 85 per cent of all premises in Scotland covered by fibre broadband by the end of 2015 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017.
The figures follow an announcement by the government earlier this month that two million additional premises were passed by fibre broadband services thanks to the Broadband Delivery UK funding.
This takes the total number of premises now able to access superfast services to 19 million, when all commercial deployments and rollouts funded by government money are taken into consideration.
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