With only a month having past since BT announced plans to increase broadband speeds to 20mbs in Brechin in 2013 they have now announced the roll out of high-fibre broadband to almost 3,300 homes and businesses in the town next year.
Brechin is one of 21 Scottish communities named today in the latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband across the UK. The technology is already available in Montrose and is also coming to Forfar and Arbroath.
The investment is expected to give a major lift to the local economy.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Brechin will be a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.
“The benefits are major and wide ranging. As our new fibre network expands across Scotland it also brings new potential for offering essential public services on-line and cost savings across the sectors.
“Local firms and households who make the switch to fibre broadband will be able to do so much more with their connection, whether they’re using it for business, entertainment, education, social networking or shopping – or all of these at once.”
Councillor Mairi Evans, Convener of Infrastructure Services for Angus Council, said: “This is excellent news for many people in Brechin. They’re the latest in Angus who will soon have access to the next generation of internet services. Reliable, fast connections can make all the difference to education and business, and give people much greater scope for interaction with the world around them. In a tough economic climate, this local investment from BT will help make Angus an even better place to live, work and do business.”
BT’s local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.
Both offer speeds many times faster than those currently available to most UK homes and businesses. FTTC, where fibre is delivered to the street cabinet, offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. FTTP, where fibre runs all the way to homes and businesses, offers download speeds of 110Mbps, with 330Mbps coming soon.
For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk