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Broadband in Aberdeen

Wild, windswept, and often battered by the North Sea, Aberdeen is in fact one of the most technologically advanced centres in the UK. If you want to get online in Aberdeen, we’ll show you how to find the best deals, speeds and availability in your area.

Aberdeen City and Shire has been named in a 2011 report by the government as "one to watch", thanks to growing economy that includes a booming electronics design and development sector.

This means that demand for high-speed broadband is continually growing, and ISPs are working hard to ensure that Aberdeen has the broadband connectivity it needs and deserves.

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Broadband statistics

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Thanks to the influence of the oil and gas industry the former fishing town of Aberdeen is now one of the UK’s engineering hubs, with a huge selection of high-tech industries condensed into what is a relatively small geographic location.

Being able to ensure ship-to-shore communications between the refineries and operations bases on land and the platforms out at sea means that Aberdeen, despite its relatively remote location, has a premium quality and very modern communications infrastructure.

Broadband in Aberdeen is strong, thanks to the demands of high-tech industries such as precision engineering and electronics.

There are areas that still struggle a little with coverage, particularly to the south of Torry. You may also encounter slower speeds in the areas surrounding Middleton Park, Danestone and Ruthriestone.

Aberdeen city centre, including the area around Mannofield, is well served, although students at Aberdeen College to the north are advised to stay to the west of North Street (the A96) if they want to avoid slow download speeds.

Areas within Aberdeen

Bridge of Dee, Mannofield, Torry

Altens, Ardoe, Banchory Devenick, Blairs, Bridge of Dee, Cove Bay, Maryculter, Nigg, Portlethen

Bieldside, Craigiebuckler, Cults, Hazlehead, Kingswells, Mannofield, Milltimber, Summerhill

Mastrick, Northfield, Middlefield, Cornhill

Blackburn, Bucksburn, Dyce, Fintray, Kinellar, Newmachar, Whiterashes

Bridge of Don, Danestone, Grandholm, Persley

Balmedie, Belhelvie, Bridge of Don, Potterton, Whitecairns

Old Aberdeen, Woodside, Tillydrone, Seaton, Bedford

Kittybrewster, Foresterhill, Rosemount, George Street

Telephone exchanges in Aberdeen

There are twelve telephone exchanges in Aberdeen, and many more in the surrounding area. The two exchanges that serve the greatest amount of households are the north and west exchanges.

The north exchange is located close to the University of Aberdeen, north of the city centre and south of the River Don. It’s based near the roundabout off St Machar Drive, near the railway line and close to Thrift Car and Van Hire and Pretty Rooster Hair Design. The exchange’s postcode is AB24 2UU.

The west exchange is situated off Thorngrove Avenue, between the two junctions for Thorngrove Crescent. Rubislaw Tennis Club is close by, which serves local tennis aficionados with three floodlit grass courts and often plays host to competitions, and Heavenly Pizzas is just down the road for an after-court snack. The postcode for the telephone exchange is AB15 7XR.

Broadband providers and services

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Fibre optic broadband

To check fibre optic broadband availability in Aberdeen, see our fibre optic broadband page.

BT Infinity

To check BT Infinity availability in Aberdeen, see our BT Infinity page.

TalkTalk fibre broadband

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Sky broadband

To check Sky broadband availability in Aberdeen, see our Sky broadband page.

Virgin Media cable broadband

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BT broadband

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Plusnet broadband

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Comments (18)

Steve R
26th February 2015

The Broadband in Kingswells is absolutely atrocious, some days I can't even open a web page because it's too slow. My provider is plusnet which on the bonus side, are the only provider to supply some kind of internet to Kingswells. In this day and age, and I laugh at the information given at the top of this page "Wild, windswept, and often battered by the North Sea, Aberdeen is in fact one of the most technologically advanced centres in the UK" haha. Most parts of Aberdeen has terrible broadband connection, I think we were faster with the old dial up connections!!!

24th February 2015

Hi Keith

Thanks for your comment. Can you send your address to hannah@cable.co.uk so I can check availability for your property?

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

Keith S
22nd February 2015

Hi, can you advise if or when Openreach plan to upgrade their broadband from the kinellar exchange. My post code is AB510NA. 8 miles from the Oil capital of europe with a present speed of around 0.16 . I would be quicker walking with a letter than send an e-mail to someone.

7th January 2015

Hi Graham

Thanks for your comment. If you email your postcode to hannah@cable.co.uk I can check the status of your local exchange.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

Graham C
6th January 2015

Does anyone know when Cults will be upgraded to Fibre ? I see the openreach vans in the area all the time but no progress or news of fibre being available ?

6th January 2015

Moved to Danestone recently, 2Mb max if we're lucky versus the 72Mb my parents can get just one postcode away (and all of Bridge of Don is connected to the same Aberdeen Balgownie exchange).

Pretty shocking considering the average house prices in our area and the fact that we're right next to the Science park (which has some of Aberdeen's fastest internet connections).

BT need to sort it out. Absolutely everyone in my neighbourhood would buy higher speed broadband, it's the type of area with more chelsea tractors than people...

1st January 2015

Aberdeen fibre optic coverage its a Fu....g joke.

1st November 2014

We're with TalkTalk and we've got between 12-16Mbps in Bucksburn. I'm reliably informed by Bridge of Don friends that they've got pretty good super fast speeds up towards Ashwood & Middleton Park

13th May 2014

Blackburn here and average d/l speeds of 0.5 mbps. Saw it as low as 0.05 mbps. TalkTalk are as bad as all the others. Total disgrace and no-one doing anything about it. Not the ISPs or our MPs. 3rd world countries will be getting better speeds than this, I'd have no doubt.

17th January 2014

Hi Alex

If you pop your postcode and phone number into the checker on this page you'll be able to see who provides the fastest broadband in your area.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

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