Superfast New Year for Mintlaw residents

(L to R) Sara Budge, Program Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, Alex Simpson, BT Openreach Project Co-ordinator,  Norman Smith, deputy provost Aberdeenshire Council, prepare to unveil Mintlaw's new fibre cabinet.
(L to R) Sara Budge, Program Director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, Alex Simpson, BT Openreach Project Co-ordinator, Norman Smith, deputy provost Aberdeenshire Council, prepare to unveil Mintlaw's new fibre cabinet.

The villagers of Mintlaw are set for a superfast New Year, with more than 1,700 local households and small business owners now able to get high-speed fibre broadband.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before.

At an event at the MACBI Community Hub, Newlands Road recently Councillor Norman Smith celebrated the occasion by tearing through wrapping paper to unveil the village’s new fibre cabinet, which will allow residents to get connected to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps*.

Thousands of homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire and Mintlaw are among more than 150,000 premises across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The Digital Scotland rollout is being delivered on the ground by engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach.

In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

At the MACBI Community Hub, attendees heard from Cllr Smith and representatives from the programme about the benefits that fibre broadband can provide.

They were also at hand to get people up to speed with the technology itself and provide advice on subjects like signing up to a service provider, paying bills and accessing council services.

There was also an early Christmas treat for resident June Fyfe from Kinmundy, who won the free festive prize draw and received some Christmas goodies.

Cllr Smith, said: “I’m very pleased with the number of residents who attended the Mintlaw event to celebrate the village’s connection to fibre broadband.

“It makes it all the more exciting 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.

“Improving digital connectivity for homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire is a key priority for the council and we have invested more than any other local authority in the UK to make this happen,” he added.