Montrose is set for a boost of superfast broadband, while Hillside will receive the service for the first time.
Since the £410 million roll-out started last year, over 3,400 km of fibre cable has been laid across Scotland with more than 275,000 homes and business 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, this month, announced fibre broadband will be rolled out to another 200-plus locations across the country as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, continue work on the ground.
The project is reaching into more local areas, with places including Hillside, Friockheim and Kellas set to have fibre available to them for the first time, while Montrose, Carnoustie and Dundee Fairmuir will get additional coverage.
The first connections in the latest locations are expected to start to go live in Autumn.
Some of the latest homes and businesses will be served after additional engineering work on so-called ‘exchange only’ lines which run directly from the exchange to households and businesses – bypassing the usual road-side cabinets which are integral to the fibre rollout.
Engineers will rearrange the existing network and lay hundreds of metres of cable to reroute these lines through new road-side cabinets.
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, people should contact their broadband service provider.
Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “The project is developing a high speed fibre network which is changing the face of broadband. By reaching out to those who would not have been covered through the commercial market – in towns and into some of our most rural areas – we are ensuring that the connections which are made will bring many benefits to the Scottish people at home and in business.”