Bervie ‘Can Do’ Fibre Broadband

Pupils from Bervie with Roddy Matheson from Aberdeenshire Council unveil the new cabinet
Pupils from Bervie with Roddy Matheson from Aberdeenshire Council unveil the new cabinet

It was top marks for Digital Scotland this week, as pupils from Bervie Primary School helped welcome fibre broadband to Inverbervie.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses in the town are now able to connect to fibre broadband - thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Other areas in Aberdeenshire that are live include Gourdon, Johnshaven and Laurencekirk. More areas are also planned to go live in the coming months.

Pupils from the school’s ‘Can Do Council’ helped with the celebrations at a special event on Monday. Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time, more quickly than ever before.

In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

On the day, pupils from Bervie Primary managed to get a lesson with a difference as they were able to climb aboard the new Digital Scotland Fibre Showcase, a specially-adapted vehicle which features all of the equipment used in the roll-out of fibre broadband.

The unique vehicle includes equipment which is familiar to members of the public - like the new green street cabinets - as well as some of the things they don’t often see, such as how fibre-optic cables are ‘blown’ underground, as part of the deployment.

Representatives from Digital Scotland discussed the huge benefits which fibre broadband can provide and how it can help them in their future.

Aberdeenshire Council has contributed £16 million to the Digital Scotland rollout in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities.

Susan Smith head teacher at Bervie Primary School, said: “It was fantastic to have the Digital Scotland team visit the school and involve the members from our ‘Can Do Council’ help launch fibre broadband in the town.

“Having the fibre showcase at the school was also a great opportunity because it allowed the pupils to see the amount of hard engineering work that goes in when it comes to getting connected to fibre broadband.”