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More fast broadband goes live in Aberdeenshire thanks to Digital Scotland

Monday 1st July 2019


More households and businesses across Aberdeenshire can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £442 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout.

Across Scotland, thanks to the programme, more than 930,000 premises are able to connect to the new network, which has now arrived in Auchleuchries, Glenkindie, Rothienorman and Ythanwells for the first time.

Some of the latest premises to be reached are connected to a full fibre network (also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP) which provides ultrafast[1] broadband directly into local homes. Full fibre through the programme is now available in parts of Ellon, Inverurie, Kemnay, New Deer, Portlethen and Whiterashes for the first time.

Other areas where more fibre broadband is now available include Auchterless, Auchnagatt, Banchory, Catterline, Cuminestown, Drumoak, Fyvie, Glass, Kennethmont, Muir of Fowlis, Newburgh, Newtonhill, Oldmeldrum, Turriff and Wartle.

They are among more than 86,000 homes and businesses across Aberdeenshire which are now able to connect to the Digital Scotland network as engineers from Openreach continue work on the ground during 2019/20. Across the country nearly 5,000 new fibre street cabinets are now live and more than 12,000km of cable has been laid.

Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections at a range of speeds1 and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from. Local people can check if the new fibre services are available to them at www.scotlandsuperfast.com/yourstreet.

Research has suggested that every public pound invested in fibre broadband in Scotland is delivering almost £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy. The independent report commissioned by DSSB and undertaken by consultants Analysys Mason estimates the total benefit from investment as £2.76 billion over 15 years.

Delivered through two projects -  led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in its area and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland - funding partners also include the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), BT Group, local authorities and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund.

Thanks to additional investment as a result of innovation and new funding generated by stronger than expected take-up, the rollout will continue in every local authority area during 2019 and into 2020, complementing ongoing commercial build across Scotland. More than 50 per cent of properties reached by the programme have switched to fibre broadband.

Sara Budge, Director of the DSSB programme, said: "Local people need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

"The difference having fibre broadband can make is amazing. Many local people are already taking advantage of the faster speeds now available and we'd urge others to consider the benefits of a move to a fibre service.

"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.

BT Group has contributed £146 million to the project, with engineers from digital business Openreach building the network on the ground."

Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, said: "We're working hard to bring better broadband to as many people as possible, going much further than expected after beating original targets. Across Scotland, an extra 60,000 premises will benefit.

"Our engineers are now reaching increasingly remote communities as well as boosting coverage across Aberdeenshire. The arrival of more high-speed broadband in places like Catterline is life changing for residents and businesses, and the use of full fibre where it's the best solution, in places like Ellon, puts those households ahead of the curve for years to come."

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Wholesale services are available over the Openreach network to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary. FTTC is available at speeds of up to 80Mbps. FTTP is capable of delivering the fastest residential broadband speeds in the UK - up to 1Gbps - fast enough to download a two-hour HD movie in 25 seconds or a 45-minute HD TV programme in just five seconds.