HUNDREDS of businesses in and around St Andrews are the latest to benefit from a £410 million programme to propel Scotland into the fast lane of the information superhighway.
Backers of the scheme said the latest push had taken the number of homes and businesses now able to connect to superfast broadband through the 150,000 mark. The government-backed programme is rapidly expanding across the country as engineers from BT’s Openreach division complete a string of local upgrades.
Gift shop business Bonkers, which is based in the Fife coastal town with an additional branch in Edinburgh, has become one of the first to sign up to the new service, and is now able to offer online sales to its customer base.
Patrick MacEwen, who manages the IT systems for the retailer, which was founded more than 30 years ago by his partner Lindsey Adam, said: “Having fibre broadband is really transforming a number of important operations for us.
“It is making it so much faster and easier to transfer data between our two stores and our head office in St Andrews and is speeding up communications with our online store.”
Alongside other commercial roll-out plans, the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to have 95 per cent of premises connected by the end of 2018.
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