Next Generation Broadband Lands in Scotland

Businesses across Scotland are set to benefit from broadband speeds three times the current maximum from 1 December 2008. The service has been launched by business communications provider HIGHnet.

The move to introduce speeds of up to 24MB see’s the Highland based SME overtake major providers such as BT, which is not expected to provide a service with comparable speeds in Scotland until 2010 at the earliest.

The superfast service, which will include a voice line free of charge will also be cheaper than traditional broadband access offered by many providers.

David Siegel, Technical Director of HIGHnet said: “This next generation technology will provide businesses with the fastest broadband services available – up to three times the speeds currently offered by companies such as BT. And the fact it is up to half the price of traditional packages is a major incentive to customers.”

The new technology is being launched following the unbundling of the BT telephone exchanges which has allowed other telecoms operators’ access to create their own, more competitive networks.

HIGHnet’s new broadband service will be available in areas where BT exchanges have been unbundled including most of the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Aberdeenshire areas in Scotland. HIGHnet is the only Scottish provider providing the service through the Opal 21 network which has the best coverage in Scotland.

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