GoFibre confirms plans to expand its full fibre footprint to a further 82,000 premises

The Scoop | 22/05/2023

Independent Scottish broadband provider, GoFibre, has confirmed plans for a further 82,000 premises to be connected to its transformative full fibre broadband network in Scotland and the North of England by the start of next year.

As the construction of GoFibre’s full fibre network continues to grow at pace, the new plans will see the network reaching an additional thirty-two harder-to-reach towns and villages including in Angus and Midlothian for the first time, plus further expansion across Northumberland.

With the aim of closing the digital divide across rural areas, this next rollout announcement comes on the back of GoFibre’s gigabit capable broadband network reaching over 35,000 “ready-for-service” premises across Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Fife. GoFibre’s footprint has also accelerated in the past year as a result of two UK Government contracts awarded under Project Gigabit for Teesdale and North Northumberland.

Once this next phase of expansion is complete in early 2024, it will mean GoFibre’s network reaches almost 120,000 premises.

Lightning-fast and fit for the future, gigabit-capable broadband networks allow communities to upload and download data with none of the disruptions associated with ageing copper networks. More than 74 per cent of the UK can access gigabit connections – such as full fibre – but these are most common in urban areas. GoFibre are therefore continuing to bridge this divide, providing world-class digital connectivity to rural and harder to reach locations.

Once in place the expanded network will enable local residents and businesses to access up to 10Gbps speeds, significantly enhancing their ability to work from home efficiently, utilise multiple devices without lag, and quickly download entire box sets and large files in mere seconds.

Adding to GoFibre’s roll out plans will be:

15,500 premises in Angus and Aberdeenshire including:

  • Montrose
  • Kirriemuir
  • Forfar
  • Brechin
  • Laurencekirk

29,000 premises in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian including:

  • Galashiels
  • Hawick
  • Jedburgh
  • Duns
  • Eyemouth
  • Selkirk
  • Gorebridge

23,500 additional premises in Fife, in and around the following areas:   

West Fife:

  • Crossford, Cairneyhill, Torryburn, Valleyfield and Culross
  • Carnock, Oakley, Comrie and Blairhall
  • Baldridgeburn and Wellwood

East Fife:

  • Aberdour and Kinghorn
  • Ballingry
  • Falkland
  • Elie
  • St Andrews

14,000 premises will be added in Northumberland over and above the 3,750 delivered under the UK Government’s Project Gigabit plan:

  • Berwick upon Tweed
  • Alnwick
  • Amble

Planning and construction of the expanded network is already underway in many of these areas and the first residents and businesses in this next rollout phase will be connected as early as Autumn 2023.

This next phase of expansion supports 50 jobs across internal and supplier teams.

Neil Conaghan, Chief Executive Officer at GoFibre, said:  “We are excited to announce the next phase of our network build after significant progress on our home turf in the Scottish Borders, Aberdeenshire, Fife and East Lothian.

“This investment not only benefits the homes and businesses who will be connected to game-changing broadband, it also means we will create and support 50 more jobs in the local areas we will serve.

“It is fantastic to be leading the delivery of broadband to rural and under-served communities in these areas, which is crucial for our rural economies now and into the future.”

Local residents and businesses will be kept up to date with plans and can check on availability at gofibre.co.uk/check

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