Ultrafast broadband boost for Perth

12/09/2023

PERTH is joining more than 2,800 UK towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets included in Openreach’s Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband build plans.   

The once-in-a-generation, Full Fibre broadband upgrade will let thousands of local people and businesses connect multiple devices at gigabit-capable speeds and help businesses to trade online and compete for decades to come.

Perth is one of 19 new locations being announced today for a major ultrafast broadband upgrade. Around 19,000 city homes and businesses are expected to benefit, with the build due to start this winter and continue into 2024.

Full Fibre broadband provides more reliable, resilient and future-proof connectivity; with fewer faults; more predictable, consistent speeds and enough capacity to easily meet growing data demands. 

Local people can visit the Openreach website for updates and, as the build progresses, check their addresses to see when services are available from their chosen provider. Around 3,000 city properties – such as new houses in developments – already have access. 

Fraser Rowberry, Chief Engineer for Openreach Scotland, said: We’re really excited to bring Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband at scale to Perth. As well as giving the city a big economic boost, it’ll future-proof connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors for decades to come.

“Nobody in Scotland is building Full Fibre faster, further or at a higher quality than Openreach. We’re reaching more communities than ever and our highly-skilled engineers and build partners are working hard to deliver some of the fastest and most reliable broadband available.

“We plan to start work in Perth before the end of this year. It’s a major infrastructure upgrade, so local people will see more engineering teams, equipment and vans around town and we’ll let people know what to expect as work gets under way.”

Across Perth and Kinross, more than 12,000 households and businesses in communities like Kinross, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry, Scone and Bridge of Earn already have access to the Openreach Full Fibre network. Openreach investment is planned in other local locations including Aberfeldy, Alyth, Comrie and Cupar Angus.

In total, more than 350 towns, cities, boroughs, villages and hamlets across Scotland are now included in the company’s build programme, including 220 in the hardest to serve ‘final third’ of the country. Ultimately Openreach plans to build Full Fibre to 25 million homes and businesses across the UK by December 2026.

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