The network, provided by Scottish independent broadband builder and provider, GoFibre, is now under way in Montrose, Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin and will be able to connect around 14,000 local residents and businesses to the power of full fibre.
The expansion forms part of the company’s next roll-out phase, on track to be completed early next year, as part of plans to grow its broadband network to reach almost 120,000 premises across Scotland and the North of England.
Full fibre broadband networks are considered to be the best type of connectivity, allowing communities to upload and download data with none of the disruption that ageing copper networks bring. However, it is only currently available to around 41% of Scotland’s residents.
A gigabit-capable broadband network allows the upload and download data with none of the disruptions associated with ageing copper networks.
More than 74 per cent of the UK can access gigabit connections but these are most common in urban areas.
Once in place, Angus residents and businesses will have access to up to 10Gbps speeds, significantly enhancing their ability to work effectively from home, improves business productivity, and ensures households can use as many gadgets as they want to their hearts’ content.
Neil Conaghan, GoFibre CEO, said: “Sub-standard digital connectivity across Scotland’s towns and villages, including Angus, has long been an issue facing local communities who have been largely left behind when infrastructure upgrades have been put in place.
“With our construction efforts now underway, we’ll be doing everything we can to play our part in the solution, helping to tackle the digital divide and equip residents and businesses in Montrose, Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin with the tools they need to drive success and innovation, both now and in the future.”
Local residents and businesses will be kept up to date with plans and can check on availability at gofibre.co.uk/check.