Superfast Broadband Update April 2016

Some hope for the Kingswells residents who have exchange only lines.

Welcome to the future!

Bringing big opportunities to small exchanges

New exchanges are being enabled for fibre broadband every week, opening new opportunities for thousands more homes and businesses. This year we will see the arrival of fibre broadband at many of the smallest exchanges in Scotland, previously served by ‘exchange only’ lines. Read on to discover more about the challenges these pose! The latest exchanges set  to be enabled include Drumlithie, Bargrennan, Dunscore,  Fenwick, Innerwick, Avonbridge, Arncroach,  Ballinluig, Ballantrae, Dailly, Dechmont  and four new exchanges in the Scottish Borders – Bonchester Bridge, Crailing, Heriot and Walkerburn.  Check whether you can get fibre broadband yet at our interactive map.

Rising to the challenge of ‘Exchange Only’ lines

‘Exchange only’ is the name given to telephone lines that connect directly to the telephone exchange rather than connecting via a green roadside cabinet. Scotland has the highest proportion of ‘exchange only’ (EO) lines in the UK and they present us with unique challenges when it comes to rolling out fibre broadband.  We are delighted that over 200,000 premises with EO lines have already been connected to fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland programme and that over 320,000 will have been connected by the time the programme is completed. Find out just why EO lines are so challenging and see the story of how one happy customer with an EO line is now enjoying superfast speeds in Glasgow.

Meet the lady who keeps us all up to speed

As our Head of Communications, Fiona Smith is responsible for keeping everyone up to speed with what the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is doing. A journalist by training, Fiona has a keen eye for the latest news and a knack for explaining complex information in a way that is easy to understand.Discover more about Fiona and her vital role in our 60 Second Interview.

Win free tickets to The Ideal Home Show Scotland

Scotland’s top destination for all things home and interiors returns to the SECC in Glasgow on 27th-30th May and is set to be bigger and better than ever. The show, which is set across an impressive 20,000 square metres, will have seven dedicated show areas plus inspirational room sets, stunning show gardens and a host of celebrities and expert seminars.   Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband will be on Stand L532 so come and discover how fibre broadband can transform the way you live, work and play at home. We have ten pairs of tickets to give away! To enter, click here.


  1. We have had reports that broadband in the Derbeth area is very poor, and many homes are affected. Does anyone have any information on this?



  2. I posted the following on the Forum a few days ago.

    Good news for people living in Derbeth – it appears a new cabinet (P28) has been added which is currently showing “FTTC doing Field Survey, live due by December 2016”

    A further cabinet (P29) has been listed on the Lang Stracht with the same status.


    Further update – if you’re on an Exchange Only line in the areas covered by cabinets P12 & P13 then there may also be good news coming. Two cabinets, E_12 & E_13 have been added though as yet no post codes have been listed. They have the status “FTTC doing Field Survey, live due by October 2016  “

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