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Up to 4,800 extra homes and businesses in Angus will be next to benefit from the arrival of high-speed fibre broadband in the latest phase of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Since the £410 million roll-out started last year, over 3,400km of fibre cable has been laid across Scotland with more than 275,000 homes and businesses now able to connect to fibre broadband thanks to the partnership, and in addition to commercial deployments by the private sector.

The partnership, which is celebrating the first anniversary of the start of the deployment programme, has announced that fibre broadband will be rolled out to another 200-plus locations across the country.

The project is reaching into more Angus areas, with places including Friockheim and Kellas set to have the benefits of fibre available to them for the first time, while Carnoustie will get additional coverage. The first connections in the latest locations are expected to start to go live this Autumn.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time at download speeds of up to 80 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps. As the higher speeds become available, anyone interested in signing up for fibre-based services should contact their broadband service provider.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “The rollout of fibre broadband across Scotland is one of the biggest and most complex civil engineering projects taking place in the UK today and we’re proud to be at the heart of it. It’s great to be announcing so many new locations this week as we celebrate our first, full year of deployment.”

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