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I recently visited Openreach engineers as they install an ultrafast broadband network for new housing in the coastal village of Fairlie, North Ayrshire in Regatta View.

I witnessed first-hand the innovative engineering techniques being used to deliver the next generation of full fibre broadband technology directly to homes as well as having the opportunity to splice a fibre!

The future-proof services are capable of carrying speeds up to 1Gbps* - around 18.5 times faster than the UK’s current average - and bring more reliable, ultrafast broadband services to communities. Also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP, the technology offers future-proof connectivity; fewer faults; more predictable, consistent speeds and greater capacity to easily meet ever-growing data demands in the future.

According to independent website Think Broadband, more than 95 per cent of North Ayrshire and Arran residents already have access to superfast fibre coverage at speeds of 30Mbps and more. Local homes and businesses can check what services are available on the Openreach fibre checker.

As digital services become increasingly integral to the day-to-day functioning of businesses, local services and communities, it is vital to make sure progress is being made to support the continued development of infrastructure.

Full fibre will future-proof Scotland’s economy in our increasingly interconnected world. That’s why it is so important for FTTP to be standard on new developments, and I am pleased that these Fairlie residents will now have access to the best possible broadband to support them into the future.

“We all know that good connectivity is key to supporting our thriving communities and local economies into the future and, while there is still more to be done, making sure that new houses are built with the latest technology is a big step in the right direction.”

New research from Cebr predicts that full fibre for everyone in Scotland by 2025 would generate an economic impact of £4.55 billion and boost the workforce by 37,400.

Thank you to Victoria Macadam, Senior Public Affairs Manager at Openreach for arranging this visit.

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