GoFibre and Emtelle partner to transform Hawick’s digital connectivity

The Scoop | 17/08/2023

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Scottish independent broadband business, GoFibre has partnered with Emtelle, who have manufacturing facilities in the Scottish Borders, as it works to construct a full fibre network in their hometown.

Emtelle will manufacture and supply GoFibre, born in Duns in the Scottish Borders, with the duct, sub-duct and fibre required to connect more than 8,000 premises across Hawick to the transformative power of full fibre.

Full fibre networks are considered the best type of connectivity, allowing communities to upload and download data with none of the disruption that ageing copper networks bring. However, it is only currently available to around 26% of rural Scotland*.

With speeds of up to 10Gbps available, it will transform the ability for residents to work effectively from home, operate multiple devices simultaneously with no lag and makes the in-home gaming experience better than ever.

Borders residents and businesses across St Boswells, Coldstream, Kelso, Galashiels and Melrose are already benefitting from access to GoFibre’s full fibre network, meaning they have leapt the digital divide and are experiencing broadband speeds faster than parts of Scotland’s main cities.

Andy Hepburn, GoFibre’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “As a Duns-born business, it’s important we’re partnering with local, and well-respected, organisations where business equates to local jobs and opportunities; all whilst addressing carbon reduction since their kit is manufactured right on our doorstep.

“We’re looking forward to Hawick’s residents and businesses experiencing the benefits of improved digital connectivity later this year.”

Colin Kirkpatrick, Emtelle’s Solutions Director, said: “We are delighted to partner with GoFibre in bringing full fibre connectivity to Hawick. Emtelle, who have manufacturing facilities in Hawick and Jedburgh, leads the world in the field of passive network solutions, so we are especially proud to support this initiative and bring our world-leading technology to our hometown. Our partnership highlights the power of local businesses and suppliers working together.

“By manufacturing and supplying the essential duct, sub-duct and fibre solutions, we are proud to play a vital role in connecting more than 8,000 premises in Hawick and support the growth of the local economy.”

The first customers are planned to be connected in Hawick during Autumn 2023.

Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, added: “It is fantastic news that so many Hawick residents will soon have access to a faster broadband network.

“I’m also excited to see Borders businesses working in partnership on such a critical issue to the local community as internet connectivity.”

Households and businesses can check availability and register for GoFibre’s services on the GoFibre website.

*Ofcom – Connected Nations 2022 UK Report