Super FastBroadband Update July 2019

Dear Residents we have recently been informed by HIdigital that they no longer intend to provide a Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) option but will instead provide fibre to the premises (FTTP ) to around 30 properties within the Roseisle village and the Bank of Roseisle area. This amounts to around 1/4 of the total number of properties.

Some of you may have noticed the installation of cable ducting along the Duffus road from Cummingston Hill toward the village of Roseisle. This we believe will be the beginning of the provision of faster broadband.

Although this is good news for those who will be in receipt of this service, this will leave around 100 other properties with existing slow broadband speeds until the roll out of the Scottish Government R100 digital promise.

R100 Rollout update

The folowing information is from the website of ISP Review

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse, has confirmed that contracts for the £600m Reaching 100% (R100) superfast broadband project won’t now be signed until the “end of the year,” which suggests that the rollout may be unable to complete by the end of 2021 (March 2022 financial) as planned.

At present the existing £400m+ Digital Scotland (DSSB) project with BT (Openreach), which has been rolling out a mix of hybrid fibre FTTC and full fibre FTTP technology, is already very close to achieving nearly 95% coverage of “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) but that contract is due to complete by September 2019.

The SG has thus developed the R100 follow-on programme to tackle that final 5% of predominantly rural premises, which raises the definition of “superfast” to 30Mbps+ and originally aimed to achieve near universal coverage by the end of 2021; or March 2022 as a financial year . In reality this probably won’t reach every single remaining property but it will take them a lot closer to universal coverage.

We are in contact with our local MSP Richard Lockhead to see what can be done in the meantime to assist those who will not be in receipt of this current digital update.

One local resident has also been in touch with a local Councillor to request assistance with Roseisle’s slow broadband issue.