More than 600 homes and businesses in Angus will be next to benefit from fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Arbroath, Glamis and households served by the Alyth exchange, have been announced as the next areas to be passed by the Digital Scotland deployment of high-speed fibre broadband.
As a result of the engineering roll out by BT, which is already under way, around 55,000 homes and business across Scotland now have access to fibre broadband through the programme. In total, more than three quarters of a million homes and business premises are expected to benefit.
During this winter, those included in the announcement will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps. Glamis and over 400 Angus households served by the Alyth exchange will receive the high speed technology for the first time, while Arbroath will see additional premises connected as a result of building upon its existing fibre broadband footprint.
The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This marks an important milestone for the people and businesses of Angus as well as for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership.
“This programme will lay the foundations of a world class digital Scotland, by extending fibre broadband access to parts of Scotland that wouldn’t otherwise be served commercially.
“The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband into rural Scotland outstrips any other part of the UK and will generate significant economic benefits, including new jobs and increased productivity.
“This is an important step towards ensuring that Scotland has world-class digital connectivity by 2020 and will be a key factor in ensuring Scotland’s long-term economic prosperity.”
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband initiative consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area and the other covering the rest of Scotland. Both projects are being delivered on the ground by BT, which is investing £126 million in the programme.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The advent of fibre broadband in these latest communities will mean a major boost for local homes and businesses. With more adults working from home than ever before and more people shopping or watching TV online, today’s announcement will help Scotland work and play faster.
“We’re really proud of our role at the heart of Scotland, delivering critical infrastructure which helps the nation to compete on a world stage. We could only reach the parts of Angus that lay beyond commercial deployment by working with others, and I find it really heartening that so many of our smaller communities now stand to benefit. Our ongoing deployment of fibre across the country is one of the biggest civil engineering projects happening in Scotland today and will be to the advantage of generations to come.”
Angus Council’s development and enterprise convener, Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “Digital connectivity is essential for the prosperity of our companies and communities. This latest roll-out is the third in Angus this year.
“Slowly but surely more and more households and businesses are getting access to superfast broadband; this latest phase extends coverage in Arbroath and is a welcome introduction to superfast broadband for Glamis and those served by the Alyth exchange.”
Locations will be announced quarterly over the life of the projects as the fibre network rolls out across Scotland. Further local detail will be provided as plans advance and anyone interested in the roll-out can keep up to date and get more detail at www.digitalscotland.org