Mintlaw folk get up to speed with broadband


Residents and small businesses in Mintlaw will have the chance to find out more about fibre broadband and the benefits it brings – thanks to a special event in the village on December 11.

Thousands of homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire and in Mintlaw are already able to take advantage of fibre broadband, with many more to follow, as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

In Mintlaw, more than 1,700 homes are now able to receive fibre broadband – in order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

Engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, who are delivering the Scottish rollout on the ground, have installed more than 2,400km of cable on the mainland, while hundreds of new street cabinets have gone ‘live’ for fibre on streets across the country.

Whether it’s downloading a movie in a few minutes, ‘Skyping’ with relatives or uploading some files for work, fibre broadband makes it all quick, easy and seamless for those who sign up to the service.

Anyone in the local community who is interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and how to get it can go along to an information session. It will be held in MACBI Community Hub, Newlands Road between 11am and 3pm on Thursday (December 11).

Attendees to the event will also have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win some Christmas goodies.

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, said: “I’m very pleased 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. Residents should pop along to the event to find out more about the benefits of broadband.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to find out more about how they could benefit by getting connected to fibre broadband.”

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “Its great news that Mintlaw can now receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme.

“People should pop along to the local event so they can find out more about the benefits and the technology, or contact their service provider to sign up to the service,” she added.