Rural UK ISP GoFibre Expand Full Fibre Broadband Build in Fife

Edinburgh-based rural ISP and network builder GoFibre (BorderLink), which is rolling out a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network around parts of the North of England and Scottish Borders, has issued a progress update on their ongoing deployment across Fife in Scotland.

The provider is currently expecting their network to reach a total of c.120,000 UK premises during early 2024, but they’re currently both live and in-build at 95,000 premises (homes and businesses) across more than 30 local areas. In particular, over 20,000 premises across towns and villages in Fife can now access their network.

NOTE: GoFibre aims to cover 500,000 premises in the North of England and Scottish Borders by around the end of 2025 and is supported by an investment of £164m from Gresham House (here).

Following nine months of network build, for the first time, more than 7,000 premises across rural communities west of Dunfermline are able to have a choice of networks and benefit from full fibre connectivity. Forming part of GoFibre’s commitment to help close the digital divide in rural areas, locations benefitting from the rollout include Crossford, Cairneyhill, and Torryburn.

In a series of network build updates for Fife, GoFibre has also announced that around 2,500 premises in the areas of Newport-on-Tay and Tayport will finally be able to sign-up for the provider’s network (construction work on the Tay Bridge held up progress for a lot of 2023). And, for those homes in the Falkland area, over 500 premises can access GoFibre’s network, with build continuing until autumn of this year, with an additional 500 premises added by then.

GoFibre’s network expansion in Fife began in summer 2022, when construction got underway in Cardenden and Burntisland. Since then, the network has continued to grow across the region into Aberdour, Ballingry, Cupar, and Kinghorn. When this phase is completed more than 30,000 residents and businesses in total will be able to enjoy enhanced connectivity and network reliability across Fife.

Neil Conaghan, CEO of GoFibre, said:

“We have been constructing our network in Fife since summer 2022 and have been getting to know the community, whether that’s been through engagements with customers or through our GoFurther Fund community initiative.

We’re dedicated to connecting as many premises as we can and continuing to support the area. Today’s milestone in our network build, sees even more homes and businesses being opened up to the benefits of our full fibre connection and there’s plenty more opportunity to come.”

Customers of the new service can expect to pay from £36 per month for a 100Mbps package on a 24-month term with an included wireless router, which rises to £69 per month for their top 1000Mbps plan. The latter also comes with a bonus Wi-Fi extender (this can optionally be taken on other plans at extra cost).

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