LONDON – Openreach has appointed Aberdeenshire businesswoman Rosanne Moreland to lead its large-scale commercial build of ultra-reliable full fibre broadband in Scotland.
Rosanne, who lives outside Ellon, will be programme director for the multi-million pound infrastructure build to replace the nation’s copper network with new gigabit-capable full fibre.
Having completed detailed surveys, engineers have just started the build in the Ashgrove exchange area of Aberdeen, which includes parts of residential areas like Sheddocksley, Mastrick, Northfield, Stockethill and Middlefield. Work on the first main fibre route is now complete.
They expect to bring fibre to the front doors of thousands of local properties by the end of March 2021, with the first residents able to order the new services this summer.
Rosanne will also be responsible for the rollout of full fibre in parts of Greater Glasgow; Kilmarnock, Ayr and Stanecastle in Ayrshire; Edinburgh; and Bathgate, Broxburn and Whitburn in West Lothian. Openreach is currently considering locations for further investment in Scotland.
Internet traffic carried across Openreach's Scottish network has increased by 70 per cent during the weeks of the lockdown, with the business recording record levels of internet traffic in recent weeks.
Openreach recently urged the Scottish Government to prioritise investment in digital connectivity over more traditional forms of infrastructure, like the roads network, as part of its Covid-19 recovery.
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