Thousands of premises across Dundee will soon be able to access full fibre connectivity as a broadband firm progresses £40 million work in the city.
Dundee is one of a growing number of locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s £4bn Gigabit city investment programme.
The programme hopes to bring improved broadband infrastructure within reach of up to eight million homes and businesses nationwide.
Currently, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) is only available to around 16% of premises across the UK.
CityFibre said its network will offer speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps – around 15 times typical broadband speeds.
The latest milestone sees Charleston and Ardler added to the list of neighbourhoods where works are now largely complete.
Other areas in the city where work has been carried out include Lochee, Downfield, St Mary’s and Menzieshill.
The next areas to benefit include Hilltown and Maryfield.
Thousands of homes to benefit
Once the project reaches completion, almost every home and business across the city will be able to access full fibre services from a choice of providers.
CityFibre’s city manager for Dundee Allan McEwan said: “CityFibre has been making great progress in the city and we will continue to push ahead to connect even more neighbourhoods to the network.
“We know local residents can’t wait to experience the benefits of full fibre when services go live.
“The first service provider on the local network will be announced very soon.
“It is exciting that we already have over 12,000 homes able to connect once they launch.”
Unlike copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services, full fibre networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at lightning speed.
This gives users consistently faster upload and download speeds with near limitless bandwidth.
CityFibre progress hailed by council leader
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander said the improvements in the city’s connectivity would help future-proof Dundee.
He also welcomed the progress of the installation.
Mr Alexander said: “It is brilliant to see such progress on Dundee’s new state-of-the-art digital network.
“Reliable connectivity will help future-proof the city and we welcome this hugely important investment into its digital infrastructure.
“The city-wide network will help make Dundee one of the best-connected cities on the planet, something which will no doubt stimulate further inward investment.
“It is fantastic that residents and businesses across the city will very soon be able to take advantage of the many benefits of full fibre.”
Once activated, services will be available from a range of internet service providers.