MORE than 4,750 homes and businesses in Gourock are set to benefit from super fast broadband as part of a �2.5 billion investment programme.

BT say that the new high-speed technology will be available in the town by spring 2013.

Gourock is one of 18 places in Scotland included in the latest phase of the super-fast fibre broadband roll-out.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said the investment will provide an economic boost for Inverclyde and help those who want to start up their own businesses.

Fibre broadband connections allow internet users to watch movies, TV replays, surf the net and play games online at the same time.

The technology allows songs to be downloaded in around two seconds, a full CD in 30 seconds and a feature length HD film in 10 minutes.

Mr Dick said: "This is a further major BT investment for Gourock.

"Our roll-out of fibre broadband is going from strength to strength.

"Families in Gourock will be able to experience entertainment, shopping and a myriad of services delivered the super-fast way.

"In these tough economic times, this exciting technology will give a big boost to local businesses and households.

"Sophisticated communications are the lifeblood of any successful community."