Surfing on broadband to get upgrade

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CARNOUSTIE is next in line in Angus for a broadband upgrade according to BT.

According to the telecoms giant around 4,800 homes and businesses in the town will be upgraded to fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2014.

The announcement was welcomed by Councillor Mairi Evans, the economic development spokesperson for Angus Council.

She said: “This is very welcome news as we move forward in another challenging year.

“Local firms and households will be greatly encouraged by such a major investment, which demonstrates that we are making progress even in these tough economic times.

“It will reinforce Angus’s strong credentials as a great place to live and do business.

“High-speed communications have never been more vital in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive and connected world.

“This investment will help to build confidence of an economic recovery among local households and businesses.”

The upgrade is part of a £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband throughout the UK, and will bring the number of Angus fibre broadband users to more than 35,300.

The roll out will use a mixture of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) BT Openreach plan to give access to broadband speeds far in excess of the average 9 mbps currently available according to OFCOM.

By the end of Spring 2014 BT intend to give two thirds of the UK access to broadband speeds of between 20 and 80 mbps for homes and up to 330 mbps for businesses.

BT Scotland director Dick Brendan added: “This latest investment is a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s future success.

“It will be a key part of our economic revival as we finally shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a better, more prosperous future.

“Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs.”