Broad­band slowly get­ting up to speed

The Galloway News - - GALLOW@Y VIEW -

Dum­fries and Gal­loway is one of the worst ar­eas in Scot­land for broad­band speeds.

how­ever the av­er­age speed in the re­gion has im­proved in the last two years ac­cord­ing to Au­dit Scot­land.

In 2016 the av­er­age speed was 14 megabits per se­cond (Mb/s) and in 2018 it is up to 20Mb/s.This re­gion has the fifth low­est av­er­age speed of the 32 lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas in the coun­try.

It is there­fore not a sur­prise Dum­fries and Gal­loway has one of the high­est per­cent­ages of premises per coun­cil area which can­not re­ceive speeds of at least 10Mb/s with about 11 per cent of homes af­fected. how­ever that fig­ure has been halved from two years ago.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment achieved its ini­tial tar­get to pro­vide fi­bre broad­band ac­cess to 95 per cent of premises in the coun­try but Au­dit Scot­land says its more re­cent “reach­ing 100 per cent”am­bi­tion will be more dif­fi­cult to re­alise.

A new re­port to­day from the Au­di­tor Gen­eral looks at pub­lic sec­tor spend­ing to reach ar­eas not cov­ered by com­mer­cial providers.

Up to 31 March 2018, £259 mil­lion had been paid to BT for broad­band roll-out.

Lower costs and higher take-up is ex­pected to en­able around 60,000 more premises to be reached than orig­i­nally planned.

fraser McKin­lay, Au­dit Scot­land’s Direc­tor of Per­for­mance Au­dit and BestValue, said:“fast, re­li­able in­ter­net ac­cess is now con­sid­ered an es­sen­tial part of ev­ery­day life.

“Good progress has been made to date but the tough­est hur­dle re­mains - to ex­tend the ben­e­fits to ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly re­mote and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“As well as be­ing the tough­est hur­dle, it is not yet clear how the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is go­ing to ful­fil its pledge to de­liver su­per­fast broad­band to ev­ery­one by the end of 2021.”

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