Broadband slowly getting up to speed
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.”