Forfar set to benefit from new broadband

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More than 7,000 Forfar homes and businesses are included in the latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre broadband programme.

The high-speed technology will become available to another 150,400 Scottish homes and businesses – including more than 7,000 in Forfar – by spring 2013.

The town is among the 18 places in Scotland included today in the latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband in the UK.

It will take the number of Scottish homes and businesses being passed by the new super-fast network to almost 836,000 – almost 24,000 of them in Angus.

Welcoming the news, Angus Council economic development spokesperson, Councillor David May, said: “This is an important step forward for Forfar.

“High-speed digital communications are a defining factor in our long-term success.

“At a time of economic uncertainty, BT’s investment in super-fast broadband allows us to create new opportunities, growth and future potential.”

Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. A family can download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously.

The latest chart hit can be downloaded in around two seconds, a CD in 30 seconds and a feature length HD film in 10 minutes.

Upload speeds are the fastest widely available to consumers in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly and hi-resolution photos posted online in seconds.

Faster upload speeds also boost flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance.

Large graphic and video files can be sent immediately instead of being physically delivered to customers on hard disk.

And high quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.

For further information on Openreach’s super-fast broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk