25,000 more premises receive superfast broadband in Scottish Highlands

The Digital Scotland rollout of superfast fibre, with speeds of 24Mbps and above, has continued with a further 25,000 homes and businesses connected within Tomintoul in Moray.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, delivered the news at an event held at Tomintoul Discovery Centre: "The £146m project has passed its original targets and is providing opportunities for businesses and communities across the region to transform the way they work.

"We will build on this success and our Reaching 100% programme, backed by £600m, will deliver superfast broadband access to every home and business in Scotland by the end of 2021 - the only part of the UK to do so."

Led by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project commenced in 2014 and now connects over 124,000 properties.

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