Superfast broadband for Deeside residents


Drumoak residents are set to benefit as the first village in Deeside to be brought into the 21st century with superfast broadband.

The Aberdeenshire towns of Balmedie, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Insch, Kemnay, Oldmeldrum, Old Rayne, Peterhead and Turriff will also be connected to high-speed fibre broadband in line with the further roll-out of the £410 million Digital Scotland partnership.

The districts join more than 56,000 premises across 14 local authority areas across Scotland who will benefit from fibre broadband services offering speeds of up to 80Mbps* being rolled out in the autumn, as BT engineers deploy the technology.

This will mean multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time, quickly.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This programme will lay the foundations of a world class digital Scotland, by extending fibre broadband access to parts of Scotland that wouldn’t otherwise be served commercially.

Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Jim Gifford, said: ““Residents of Kirkton of Skene were the first in Scotland to benefit from faster broadband speeds through this project, earlier this month.

‘‘It is great to see new communities being connected up so quickly after the launch of the national roll-out.

The Digital Scotland programme will see around 95 per cent of premises in Scotland connected to fibre broadband infrastructure by 2017/18.