Around 6700 homes and businesses in Kirriemuir and Monifieth will have access to faster broadband by next summer.
The two Angus towns are among 47 Scottish communities, including 186,000 premises, which will become part of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses. This means that the technology will be available to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses in Scotland by next summer – equivalent to about 72 per cent of all premises.
The new next generation broadband network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.
This investment is in addition to BT’s on-going £2.5 billion UK roll-out of super-fast fibre-based broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.
Brendan Dick, director BT Scotland, said: “BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across Scotland is gathering pace. Earlier this month we announced plans which will make super-fast, fibre-based broadband available to 695,500 homes and businesses by the end of next year. Now we are able to confirm a further major investment in faster broadband speeds over copper lines.
“Nobody is doing more than BT to roll-out faster broadband across Scotland. At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for Angus businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.
“And we want to go further. We want to work with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”
Councillor David May, Angus Council spokesperson on Economic Development, said: “I welcome the announcement by BT that there will be faster broadband for the communities of Kirriemuir and Monifieth, following upon the recent news that a fibre upgrade is to benefit the Arbroath area.
“This will assist the council’s strategies to support local businesses, protect jobs and create wide employment opportunities in Angus, by bringing improved speed and efficiency of communications for businesses in the area. It will also bring enhanced benefits to residents in the Kirriemuir and Monifieth areas who use broadband for study and leisure.”