High speed broadband for Queensferry

TELECOMMS giant BT this week announced it will extend super-fast fibre broadband to homes and businesses in South Queensferry.

Queensferry is one of seven exchanges across the capital included in the latest phase of the company’s £2.5 billion super-fast broadband programme.

At present internet users in Queensferry experience download speeds of around 5Mps per second and upload speeds of around 1Mps but the upgrade will see downloads increased to up to 40Mps and uploads of 2Mps which will allow large video and data files to be sent almost instantly.

Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart, who is running a campaign to secure better broadband in the rural west of the city, welcomed BT’s announcement saying: “This is great news for residents and businesses in Queensferry. Access to super-fast broadband means that people can do much more online.’’

But he still hopes that outlying villages will be given faster speeds too.

BT is expected to have upgrades completed during 2012.