Banchory residents better connected

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  • 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16
  • More than 850 new cabinets installed across Scotland

Have you been watching a really tense thriller recently, made all the tenser and thrilling by drops in broadband speed?

Well Banchory folk can now get connected to fibre broadband and next week a special drop-in event will help residents find out more.

Banchory homes and businesses are among more than 220,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

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

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.

Anyone in the local community interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide popped in to a special drop-in event at the Banchory Town Hall on Tuesday of this week.

The difference fibre broadband can make is amazing.

Sara Budge, Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband

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

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 roll-out plans, 85 per cent of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017/18.

Councillor Webster said: “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.

“The event at Banchory Town Hall aimed for a good turn-out and hoped to demonstrate to our residents, and other surrounding communities, the huge benefits which fibre broadband can provide.”

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.’’

n Visit www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen to find out if you can receive the service and for further information.