Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Ultrafast broadband at four new locations

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Ultrafast broadband is now to be provided in four new Lanarkshir­e locations as part of an £8.7 million investment in the county’s connectivi­ty.

Exchanges at Glenboig and Stepps in North Lanarkshir­e and at Cambuslang and Rutherglen in South Lanarkshir­e are to be upgraded to provide access to full-fibre broadband in a major programme by the organisati­on Openreach.

Work will take place over the next five years to improve a total of 48 urban exchanges, reaching 400,000 homes and business premises across the country.

It follows the announceme­nt in May that 11 exchanges in Lanarkshir­e, including Caldercrui­x, Shotts, Strathaven and Lesmahagow would be similarly improved as part of a programme to reach rural and “some of the country’s hardest-to-serve communitie­s”.

Robert Thorburn of Openreach said: “It’s great that we’re able to reveal another huge broadband boost with these additional urban locations.

“We’re reaching more communitie­s than ever and our team of highlyskil­led engineers, alongside our build partners, are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available anywhere in the world.

“Our investment and commitment to Scotland will help to underpin economic recovery, stability and a stronger, more equal society.”

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