More than 10,000 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire will benefit from the latest phase of Digital Scotland’s Superfast Broadband programme.
The £410 million scheme has been bringing fibre optic broadband to areas throughout the North-east in recent months, with Peterculter, Skene, Westhill and Drumoak already seeing work start.
As a result of the engineering roll-out by BT, which is already under way, around 55,000 homes and business across Scotland now have access to fibre broadband through the programme. In total, more than three quarters of a million homes and business premises are expected to benefit.
Along with Portlethen, Rhynie, Auchterless, Banff, Cruden Bay, Gardenstown, Huntly, Inverallochy, Kinellar, Lonmay, Macduff, Mintlaw, Portsoy, Tarves and Udny are all set to benefit.
During this winter, residents in these areas will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps.
All of the Aberdeenshire locations will receive the high speed technology for the first time, apart from Portlethen, which will see additional premises connected as a result of building upon its existing fibre broadband footprint.
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.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “This fantastic news marks the next stage of a remarkable transformation of broadband in Aberdeenshire.
‘‘It will also see around 95 per cent of premises finally connected to fibre broadband infrastructure by the time we reach 2017/18.”