Homes ready for superfast connection

Thousands of homes across Angus now have access to superfast fibre connections.

Thousands of homes across Angus now have access to superfast fibre connections.

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Thousands of households across Angus are now ready for superfast broadband as a £410 million investment programme across Scotland continues.

The investment programme by Digital Scotland has reached another 39,000 homes and businesses over the last three months and locally the latest rollout of services has been completed in Kirriemuir, Auchterhouse, Forfar, Liff and Friockheim.

More cabinets have also gone live extending coverage to more premises in Arbroath and Carnoustie.

To benefit from the faster connection speeds, residents need to sign up for a fibre service with their chosen provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

The latest progress means more than 660,000 premises are now passed by the Digital Scotland partnership, which is led by the Scottish Government and regional enterprise agencies.

BT is investing £126 million in the projects with Openreach, its local network division, while other funding partners include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections enabling multiple users to connect to the internet at high speeds and get better access to online services as well as faster uploads and downloads.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme underpins the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a world-class digital nation by 2020.

Councillor Lynne Devine, Angus Council’s economic development spokeswoman, welcomed the latest progress in the local area.

She said: “It’s great news that areas such as Forfar and Liff now have access to fibre broadband thanks to the programme. The difference that fibre can make is remarkable whether you work from home or just all want to get online at the same time.”

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity, also said: “Enhanced digital connectivity will improve the productivity of businesses and help to build economic growth in remote and rural areas, transforming the prospects for those who live there.”

Local people can check on the Digital Scotland website at www.scotlandsuperfast.com/where-when/ to find out if they can get the service and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at www.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast