More homes benefit from faster broadband

More households and businesses in Aberdeenshire can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout.

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 7:19 am

Across Aberdeenshire almost 88,600 homes and businesses can now connect to fibre broadband thanks to the DSSB programme, which is drawing to a close.

Engineers from Openreach have connected more homes to superfast broadband, while some premises in Newtonhill have access to a gigabit-capable full fibre network.

Also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP, the ultra-reliable technology provides ultrafast1 broadband directly to these homes.

Sara Budge, DSSB programme director, said: “More and more people have now signed up or are able to sign up to fibre broadband thanks to the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, and it is particularly pleasing to see this in rural areas and rural market towns.

“Due to COVID-19 the way we work and live our lives has changed dramatically. The difference that having fibre broadband can make if you are working from home is remarkable.

“I’d urge everyone to take advantage of the faster speeds now available.

“There’s lots of competition out there and people may find they could be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service, but the key is for customers to contact one or more service providers to explore the options available to them, as upgrades to customers’ broadband packages are not automatic.”