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Aberdeenshire residents get access to superfast broadband

Monday, March 16th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Almost 2,700 homes and businesses in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, are now able to access superfast broadband.

The premises are among more than 220,000 across Scotland that can now access broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

With more than 850 new cabinets now installed across Scotland to house the fibre connections, the project underpins the Scottish Government’s aim of delivering world-class connectivity by 2020.

A drop-in session explaining the benefits of fibre broadband takes place at Banchory Town Hall between 12pm and 4pm tomorrow (March 17).

Aberdeenshire Provost and councillor for Banchory and Mid-Deeside, Jill Webster, and members of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will be on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on signing up with a service provider and accessing council services.

Councillor Webster said: “It’s really exciting to hear that so many residences in and around Banchory are already able to connect to fibre broadband.

“It’s good 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.

“With the event at the Banchory Town Hall, we hope to have a good turn-out and demonstrate to our residents, and other surrounding communities, the huge benefits which fibre broadband can provide.”

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to parts of Scotland not included in commercial providers’ investment plans.

Combined with current commercial rollout plans, 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and around 95% by the end of 2017/18.

'Best ever broadband speeds'

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It’s great news that many residents and businesses in and around Banchory are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme, with more local coverage to follow.

“The difference that fibre broadband can make is amazing, giving much more flexibility whether it’s at work or in the home.

“I hope that local residents will come along to the Banchory event to get an understanding of the boost they can expect from a fast fibre broadband connection.”

BT is investing £126m in the Digital Scotland programme, in addition to its commercial rollout of fibre broadband in Scotland.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “Thousands of residents in Banchory now have access to their best ever broadband speeds, and more will follow.

“As the fibre network extends across Aberdeenshire, making the most of it is vital.

“This is a great opportunity for local people and businesses to find out how they could benefit by signing up for high-speed broadband with their service provider.”

Cable.co.uk reported last month that over 1.5m Scottish households and businesses could access superfast broadband.

The Scottish Government’s deputy first minister John Sweeney said the scale of delivering the service across the country should not be underestimated.

“This announcement shows how hard engineers are working,” he said.

“We are still in the early stages of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, and without it thousands of Scottish homes and businesses simply wouldn’t have had access to high-speed technology.”

Picture courtesy of Richard Slessor.

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