MONTROSE will be the first community in Angus to benefit from an expansion of superfast fibre broadband by BT.
The telecommunications company, which made the announcement last week, said the scheme will initially benefit 6,250 homes and businesses in the town.
Montrose will be one of four Scottish towns able to access super-fast broadband speeds of up to 40Mb/s by spring next month. The others are Bathgate, Dalkeith and Musselburgh.
The announcement followed last month’s news that BT would include a number of smaller towns in the next phase of its £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out in response to customer demand for super-fast speeds in these areas.
The company estimates that a large number of premises will be able to access fibre-based broadband although it is likely that a minority will not initially be able to receive super-fast services due to a combination of technical and economic reasons.
BT’s local network business Openreach, responsible for the roll-out of fibre broadband, is keen to hold discussions with local council representatives to see if agreement can be reached to include the small minority of premises that will not initially benefit.
The technology will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This latest investment in super-fast broadband is great news for many homes and businesses. It shows our commitment to bringing super-fast broadband to a wide variety of locations across the country.
“Fibre broadband has the power to revolutionise the way we use the internet. It has huge implications for the way we live, learn and do business, with massive opportunities for entertainment, education and entrepreneurs. People in these communities will soon be able to experience the internet as they’ve never seen it before.”
The news was welcomed by north east Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes who said it would have considerable economic benefits as well as for local residents.
She said: “I am delighted that Montrose will be able to benefit from super fast broadband.
“This is a huge boost for the local economy and local people.
“I want to see the rest of Scotland connected to super fast broadband, especially those rural areas that could really benefit.
“It is vital that they are not left behind as these technological leaps are made.”