HOMES, businesses and schools in Milngavie will have faster broadband by next spring following an announcement by telecom giant BT.

The area will benefit from a multi-million pound investment plan which will see the roll-out of a new state-of-the-art next generation internet service.

More than 5,100 local web users will benefit from the new technology.

Welcoming the news, Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson said: “This is fantastic news for Milngavie and will benefit businesses, domestic users and schools for whom IT is such an important part of the curriculum. In these difficult financial times, it’s great to see progress taking place at this level, particularly when computers play such a big part in everyday life.”

Broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses - will be available, making dowloading information much faster.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “Our latest investment in Milngavie and these other Scottish locations marks another major milestone in the development of the nation’s communications.

“It will deliver an important benefit for local businesses and homeworkers, helping to boost their efficiency and competitiveness, while households can make use of the many additional educational and entertainment benefits available with faster broadband.”

“But these investments are by no means the full extent of our ambition. There are areas – mainly rural, less populated ones – where the private and public sectors will need to work together to make faster broadband available.

“We welcome the fact that the UK government has recently allocated funding of £68.8million for next generation broadband and are very willing to work with the public sector to find solutions for these more challenging areas.

“BT has the strength and commitment to deliver large-scale broadband projects and we want to play a leading role in bringing faster technologies to our rural communities.”