More than 10,000 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire will be next to benefit from fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Auchterless, Banff, Cruden Bay, Gardenstown, Huntly, Inverallochy, Kinellar, Lonmay, Macduff, Mintlaw, Portlethen, Portsoy, Rhynie, Tarves and Udny have all been announced as the next areas to be passed by the Digital Scotland deployment of high-speed fibre broadband.
During this winter, those included in today’s announcement will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps.
The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today marks an important milestone for the people and businesses of Aberdeenshire as well as for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership.”
Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Councillor Jim Gifford, added: “This is fantastic news for the residents of these communities who will greatly benefit from improved broadband speeds in the way they access a whole range of information including public services.”
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The advent of fibre broadband in these latest communities will mean a major boost for local homes and businesses. With more adults working from home than ever before and more people shopping or watching TV online, today’s announcement will help Scotland work and play faster.
Keep up to date and get more detail at www.digitalscotland.org