THE FIRST Arbroath homes and businesses are now enjoying high-speed fibre broadband thanks to investment by BT.
On Tuesday the telecoms firm announced that more than 11,000 households and firms in the town would be able to enjoy high-speed internet access as engineers complete the local investment in the coming weeks.
When these upgrades are done more than 29,300 homes and businesses across Angus will be able to benefit as a result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre roll-out programme.
And now BT believe the super-fast broadband will not only speed up our computers but also help to boost the local area’s economy.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is more good news for Angus which will bring a welcome boost for the local communities concerned.
“As more than a million UK households and businesses have already discovered, fibre broadband opens up a whole new world to internet users. Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre.
“The arrival of fibre in Arbroath can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.”
Local MP Mike Weir was also delighted to see the investment and said in a joint statement with Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie: “This is another significant step forward. High-speed digital connectivity is a defining factor in our long-term success.
“At a time when our local economy needs a much needed boost, important developments such as BT’s investment in super-fast broadband offer us the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth.”
While Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, commented: “I very much welcome this development as progress towards the stage where access to high speed broadband becomes the norm across my constituency, including in the more remote parts.”
BT’s fibre footprint currently passes more than 13 million UK homes and businesses.
It is expanding all the time and is now due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – around 19 million premises – during Spring 2014.
Mr Dick added: “Our ambition doesn’t stop with our commercial roll-out.
“We’re keen to play a role with the Scottish Government in delivering its digital ambition to extend fibre broadband to the remaining parts of Scotland which are harder to reach.
“Delivering our commercial plans to cover two-thirds of the UK early will mean we’re well positioned to place an even greater focus on the challenge of the final third.”