Superfast web connection for Newton Farm
Residents were fed up with capacity
Homes in Newton Farm are expected to have superfast broadband by Friday after a year-long battle.
Openreach confirmed this week that it has added additional capacity to the local network to ensure everyday activities such as streaming video is now possible online.
The news has been welcomed by householders who have been living with 1.5 to 2megabytes for months.
Craig Boyd, one resident who was struggling to work from home because of the level of broadband available said: “It became available to order two days ago.
“The orders are open and they have indicated a start date for April 21 so it looks promising.
“I managed to order between 55 and 70mg. It depends on how far away you are from the cabinet, but they have guaranteed a minimum of 55mg, that’s a massive jump from what is currently available.”
Craig, who works as a network engineer, says the upgrade is vital for his work and also his children, who, like others their age, are accustomed to everything being available online.
“I’m on call one week a month and I have to have access to the internet for that,” he said. “I have to get my wee girl to come off the internet and stop what she wants to do so I can work.
“I know everyone in our estate has found it really difficult. It will make a big difference.”
Superfast broadband was previously unavailable to many Newton Farm homes because of the distance between the estate and the telephone exchange. And with so many new-build houses in the area there was no capacity and nearby cabinets.
A spokesman for Openreach said: “Following higher than expected demand for fibre broadband services in parts of Cambuslang, Openreach engineers have been working to add capacity to cabinets 19 and 36.
“The engineering work to cabinet 36 is now complete and customers are already enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband speeds.
“More complex engineering work is now being agreed with the local authority to add a new cabinet close to cabinet 19 and we expect this work to be complete by the summer. With all civil engineering projects on this scale dates can change due to a number of factors.
“Already, more than 78 per cent of homes and businesses in Cambuslang can benefit from superfast broadband with more to come. Availability and updates can be checked at openreach.co.uk.”
Openreach confirmed in February that it would add broadband capacity to the Newton Farm estate after Margaret Ferrier MP threw her weight behind the residents’ campaign.
MSP Clare Haughey also recently secured assurances from the Scottish Government that it will take steps to ensure residents of new housing developments like Newton do not suffer the same problems in future.