Auchenblae and Newtonhill are among several Aberdeenshire towns who will be the next to benefit from superfast broadband.
More than 7,300 homes and business in Aberdeenshire will be able to receive fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
The first premises are expected to benefit during Spring 2015. Local people will have access to fibre services at speeds of up to 80Mbps1, thanks to the engineering rollout being delivered on the ground by BT’s local network business, Openreach. The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before, if they sign up to the service.
Councillor Ian Mollison lives in Newtonhill. He said: “I am delighted. People served by the Newtonhill exchange will be very pleased to learn they will be able to benefit from a top quality service from this spring. These days it is an essential part of modern living, both from a business and a personal point of view. Great news. Hopefully other areas will follow along quickly.”
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas not covered by commercial deployment. Combined with commercial roll-out plans, around 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and 95% by the end of 2017/18.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn’t be underestimated but engineers are working hard and making good progress. It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish Government’s aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, said: “I’m very pleased to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband over the next four years. We very much recognise the importance of this infrastructure to our local economies and the opportunities it can provide for the people who live and work here.”