Girvan’s broadband boost

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BUSINESSES in Girvan will benefit from faster broadband that is soon to be rolled out, says British Telecom.

A new, high-speed communications network designed to save businesses, shops, schools and other organisations time and money is being expanded in Scotland and Girvan is among eight towns which will be the next to benefit from upgrades, due to be completed by the Spring.

BT’s Ethernet technology allows medium-sized businesses and other organisations to opt for the guaranteed broadband speed of their choice over their own dedicated line.

The improvement was welcomed by Adam Ingram, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley, who said: “I welcome this further investment of high-speed technology from BT and the benefits it will bring to the local economy through the upgrade of the exchange at Girvan.

“Local businesses will reap the benefits of access to faster broadband allowing them to take full advantage of the rapidly growing digital economy despite the uncertain economic climate.”

The BT technology is already live in more than 90 Scottish locations including Kilmarnock, Cumnock, Beith, Ardrossan and parts of Irvine and Ayr.

Another 19 Scottish exchange areas are also due to be upgraded, including the eight announced last week. Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “Ethernet is an important part of Scotland’s communications story. “Its arrival in Girvan will be attractive to potential inward investors and help local businesses work and communicate more effectively.

“It can also help public sector organisations.”