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Aberdeenshire towns get access to ‘best ever’ broadband speeds

Monday, July 27th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

The superfast broadbad project in Scotland has announced another development, with two Aberdeenshire towns now getting access to fibre.

Around 3,000 homes and businesses across the towns of Fraserburgh and Peterhead can now access fibre broadband as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

They include 2,000 in Fraserburgh and more than 1,000 in Peterhead, building on BT’s commercial rollout which already covers nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in Fraserburgh and 8,000 in Peterhead.

The announcement comes less than a week after Digital Scotland announced that more than 2,700 homes and businesses in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, can now order fibre.

A number of homes and businesses in the Fraserburgh and Peterhead area are served by ‘Exchange Only’ lines which run directly from the exchange to the premises – bypassing the usual roadside cabinets.

Digital Scotland said BT Openreach engineers had rearranged the existing network to lay new cables, rerouting lines through extra cabinets, to overcome the challenge.

David Aitchison, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, said: “It’s really exciting to hear that so many premises in and around Fraserburgh and Peterhead 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.

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“We know how important access to high-speed internet technology is to both residents and businesses – which is why Aberdeenshire Council chose to invest £16m into the programme’s rollout.”

Special drop-in events are being held in the towns this week for people in the community to find out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can bring.

One will be in Saltoun Square, Fraserburgh, tomorrow between 2pm and 6pm, with the second on Drummers Corner, Peterhead, on Wednesday between 11am and 3pm.

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said it could make an “amazing” difference, giving people flexibility at work and at home.

“I hope that local residents will come along to the events at Saltoun Square and on Drummers Corner to get an understanding of the boost they can expect from a fast fibre broadband connection when they sign up with a service provider.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, added: “Thousands of people in Fraserburgh and Peterhead now have access to their best ever broadband speeds.

“This latest Digital Scotland coverage builds on BT’s commercial rollout covering 13,000 more homes and businesses in the two towns.

“As the fibre network extends across Aberdeenshire, making the most of it is vital. I hope local people and businesses in the area will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.”

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