GoFibre to build full-fibre network in Hawick
GoFibre is to build a new fibre network in Hawick
Scottish independent network provider GoFibre is to construct a full-fibre network in its home town of Hawick. The company has partnered with Emtelle, which has manufacturing facilities in the Scottish Borders, for the supply of the duct, sub-duct and fibre required to connect more than 8,000 premises across Hawick to full fibre.
Borders residents and businesses across St Boswells, Coldstream, Kelso, Galashiels and Melrose already access to GoFibre’s full fibre network, and residents in Hawick will soon be able to join them in experiencing the speeds of up to 10Gb/s that are available. The first customers are planned to be connected to the new network this Autumn.
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, adds: "We are delighted to partner with GoFibre in bringing full fibre connectivity to Hawick. 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.”
Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire says: “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.”