GoFibre expands Full Fibre Broadband Network in Angus

Neil Conaghan (Chief Executive Officer, GoFibre) (Photo: Tony Marsh)

OVER 10,000 residents and businesses across towns and villages in Angus can now access transformative full fibre broadband following the expansion of GoFibre’s network in the region.

Following four months of network build, another 1,500 homes and businesses in Forfar are now able to benefit from world-class digital connectivity. GoFibre, which employs installers and other team members in the local area, offers a great choice for local customers and is aiming to connect 7,000 homes in total by the time build is completed in the autumn.

Forming part of GoFibre’s commitment to help close the digital divide in rural areas, residents of Forfar will join the 8,500 homes and businesses in the areas of Kirriemuir and Montrose that are already able to sign up and immediately connect to the Scottish independent broadband provider’s network.

Lightning-fast and fit for the future, gigabit-capable broadband networks allow communities to upload and download data with none of the disruptions associated with ageing copper networks. More than 81 per cent of the UK can access gigabit connections – such as full fibre – but these are most common in urban areas.

GoFibre is, therefore, continuing to bridge this divide, providing world-class digital connectivity and choice to rural and harder-to-reach locations. Once in place, the expanded network will enable local residents and businesses to access up to 10Gbps speeds, significantly enhancing their ability to utilise multiple devices without lag and quickly download large files in mere seconds.

The median average internet speed in the UK is 73.21Mbps, as of 2023. GoFibre provides speeds of more than double this speed on its cheapest package.

GoFibre’s network expansion in Angus began in August 2023 when construction got underway in Montrose. When this phase is completed more than 15,500 households and businesses in total will be able to enjoy enhanced connectivity and network reliability across Angus.

In addition to expanding its network presence in Angus, the second round of funding for GoFibre’s GoFurther Fund has just closed, with local charities and community groups in Angus and Aberdeenshire invited to apply for this year’s funding round. With individual grants of up to £3,000 available to local groups, the successful recipients will be announced later this year.

Last year, five winners from across Fife, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders were supported by GoFibre in the first round of funding, each offering fundamental services to those they serve within their communities including education and employability services for young people and the disabled community, social sessions that help tackle loneliness and isolation and after-school support and activities designed to empower young people from all backgrounds.

Neil Conaghan, Chief Executive Officer, GoFibre said: “GoFibre is working hard to immerse ourselves in the local community here in Forfar and we’re totally committed to providing high quality, fast full fibre broadband and great customer service. Whilst building our network in Angus, our local teams have been talking to customers directly, listening to what they have to say. We’re also currently choosing the Angus-based projects that we will be supporting as part of the second round of our GoFurther Fund community initiative.

“We are committed to including as many premises in our broadband network as possible while sustaining our support for the region. Achieving this milestone in our network’s expansion means that even more homes and businesses will gain access to the advantages of our full fibre connection, with plenty of further opportunities on the horizon.”

Residents and businesses can buy now or register for updates in the area by visiting gofibre.co.uk/register.

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