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Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Borders broadband expansion

"I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering.

"The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015.

"This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved. "

– Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure

"This latest investment is a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s future success. It will be a key part of our economic revival as we finally shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a better, more prosperous future.

"This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms.

"BT has now announced plans to make fibre broadband available to around 1.45 million Scottish homes and businesses. Reaching that target will be a substantial achievement"

– Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland

Extra fibre broadband for Hawick

An extra 400 homes and businesses in Hawick will receive high-speed fibre broadband when the new upgrade is carried out next year.

BT announced the infill for the town along with upgrades for 291,000 premises across Scotland. Fibre can provide speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Last year, it was revealed that Hawick, Kelso, Dumfries and Stranraer will receive the high-speed service.

This latest announcement means that 44,300 homes in the south of Scotland will have fibre broadband by 2014.