Rural UK ISP GoFibre Make Progress on Angus’ Full Fibre Broadband Build

Edinburgh-based rural ISP and network builder GoFibre (BorderLink), which is deploying a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to parts of North of England and the Scottish Borders, has revealed that over 10,000 premises across towns and villages in Angus can now access their network.

The provider is currently expecting their network to reach a total of c.120,000 UK premises during early 2024, and they’re currently live (Ready for Service) at 98,000 premises (homes and businesses) across more than 30 local areas.

NOTE: GoFibre aim 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). The operator also holds the Project Gigabit contracts for Teesdale (Lot 4.01) and North Northumberland (Lot 34.01).

The 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.

Following four months of network build, another 1,500 homes and businesses in Forfar are now able to benefit too, which should reach 7,000 by the time build is completed in the autumn. These will join the 8,500 homes and businesses in the areas of Kirriemuir and Montrose that are already able to sign up.

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.

Neil Conaghan, CEO of 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.”

Customers of the new service can expect to pay from £36 per month (currently discounted to £29) for a 135Mbps (25Mbps upload) package on a 24-month term with an included wireless router, which rises to £69 per month (currently discounted to £49) for their top 900Mbps (100Mbps upload) 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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