Superfast Broadband boost for Angus

The rollout will come to Angus later the year

The rollout will come to Angus later the year

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Edzell and Brechin households are set to benefit from the latest phase of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The next stage of the £410 million project is set to pass 73,000 more homes and businesses nationwide, announced as the Scottish rollout sped past the half way mark.

Edzell, Northwaterbridge, Letham, Longforgan and Tealing will benefit from the Digital Scotland project for the first time, while the existing fibre network will be extended in Brechin. The rollout is expected to reach another 1700 premises in Angus.

The first connections are due to go live by the end of this year, as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, continue work on the ground.

The announcement comes on the same day as the UK Government announced the UK-wide rollout of superfast broadband has now passed more than three million UK homes and businesses. The rollout is on track to reach 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

The Digital Scotland rollout has now passed more than 394,000 premises since it started last year. It means the project is more than half way to its target of making the technology available to 750,000 properties by the end of March 2018. Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before. As the higher speeds (up to 80Mbps) become available, anyone interested in signing up for fibre-based services should contact their broadband service provider.

Angus councillor Sheila Hands, vice convener of economic development said: “This is great news for Angus. Over 1700 homes and businesses will be able to connect to fibre broadband in the coming months thanks to the programme.

“It’s fantastic to see areas like Letham and Longforgan being able to connect for the first time – which will be a big boost for the community. Residents are reminded that in order to benefit from fibre once it goes live that they need to contact their service provider.”

Users can check the interactive map at www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen to find out if they can get the service.